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Last Updated: 2020-03-23

City Of Richmond
** COVID-19 UPDATE - Please Read **

City Hall, including Planning and Preservation in Room 510, is closed to the public until further notice, but communication with staff is possible via email at or by telephone at 804-646-6335. New applications for certificates of appropriateness can be submitted via email or via Microsoft OneDrive. For information on how to register and use Microsoft OneDrive, click here. A fillable PDF application is available here:

Limited review of applications will continue by staff.

Commission meetings for the month of March have been cancelled and future meetings are subject to cancellation due to COVID-19. Please refer to the city’s legislative calendar for information on meeting cancellations:

For addition information on the response to the COVID-19 outbreak for Permitting and Inspections please refer to this webpage:

The City of Richmond Online Permit Portal (OPP)

  • Customers can register, apply for plans, and search permits using the Online Permit Portal link.
  • More information on registering and utilizing the Online Portal can be found on the OPP web page.

C.A.R. Additional Requirement

  • For a Certificate of Appropriateness, the Commission of Architectural Review requires 12 hard copies (paper) of each of both the application and plans to be submitted to Room 510 of City Hall.

The Richmond Commission of Architectural Review (CAR) was established by City Council in 1957. The CAR is the city's official historic preservation body and is charged with reviewing all exterior changes to structures within the city's Old and Historic Districts and issuing Certificates of Appropriateness for those projects that it deems to be appropriate.

The CAR bases all its decisions generally on the Secretary of the interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and New Construction; and specifically on the Richmond Old & Historic Districts Handbook and Design Review Guidelines (14 MB), adopted in 1999.

When a neighborhood organization or other applicable entity submits a nomination request, the CAR oversees the process for designation of Old and Historic Districts and makes a final recommendation for designation to City Council.

The CAR also assists and advises City Council, all city boards and departments, and property owners in matters involving historic resources relating to appropriate land use, zoning, and other issues.

Membership Composition

The CAR is composed of nine members appointed by City Council. Six of the members are citizens-at-large while the remaining three are appointed from a list of nominees from the the The American Institute of Architects Richmond (Virginia) Chapter, the Historic Richmond Foundation, and the Richmond Association of Realtors. At least one member of the Commission must reside within a City Old and Historic District.

The current members are as follows.

Members Affiliation
Mr. James Klaus, Chair Citizen-at-large
Mr. Neville C. Johnson, Jr., Vice-Chair                                     Richmond Association of Realtors                                    
Mr. Jason Hendricks Citizen-at-large
Mr. Sanford Bond, FAIA American Institute of Architects
Ms. Ashleigh Brewer Citizen-at-large
Mr. Mitchell Danese Citizen-at-large
Ms. Kathleen Morgan Citizen-at-large
Mr. Sean Wheeler Citizen-at-large
Mr. Lane Pearson Historic Richmond Foundation

To learn more about the members and their terms, click here or contact

    Secretary to the Commission of Architectural Review
    900 E. Broad St., Rm. 510
    Richmond, VA 23219
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    Phone: (804)646-6335

Meeting Information

The CAR meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except in December when it meets on the third Tuesday. Special meetings are held as necessary. Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the 5th Floor Conference Room starting at 3:30 p.m.

The table below provides a list of meeting dates for the CAR and submission deadline dates for each meeting. Please click here to view the Legistar calendar in order to view meeting agendas and minutes.

Click here if you want to view agendas or minutes from previous year’s meetings.

2020 Meeting Dates
Application Deadlines
( Friday at 12 noon unless noted otherwise )
Tuesday, January 28, 2020                                                         Monday, December 30, 2019                                          
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Friday, January 31, 2020
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Friday, February 28, 2020
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Friday, May 1, 2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Friday, June 26, 2020
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Friday, August 28, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Friday, September 25, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Friday, October 30, 2020
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Friday, November 20, 2020
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Monday, December 28, 2020

To Determine if your Property is in a City Old and Historic District

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To Determine if your Property is in a National Register Historic District

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Additional Information

Both the Richmond Old and Historic Districts Handbook and Design Review Guidelines and a Certificate of Appropriateness Application can be downloaded. They can also be obtained by visiting the Planning and Preservation Division in Room 510 of City Hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling (804)646-6335.

Contact Information:

Commission of Architectural Review
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 510
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-6335
Fax: (804)646-5789
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