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Last Updated: 2018-02-14

News Regarding EnerGov and Permits Web Inquiry Function

1. To make it easier for everyone to check on the status of their plan submittal, permit status, or schedule of inspections we have reactivated “Permits Web Inquiry” on the Department’s web page. You can find it HERE.

Please feel free to go there and use it. It may look a bit different than the old page, but we hope you’ll find it an easy-to-use tool that will answer some of your questions. Just like the former page you’ll be able to search the status of plans, permits, property maintenance cases, and inspections scheduled for that day.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to bringing you the full online plan submission, plan review, permitting and inspection scheduling system as soon as we possibly can.

2. We are now accepting plan submittals on thumb drives. (Please note
the Commission of Architectural Review still requires 12 hard copies of all application submittal materials as noted on the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness.)
Please bring your plans to us on a thumb drive when you come in to apply for a permit and we’ll upload it onto our system. Doing so will save you time, money, and provide for enhanced plan review.

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. Joseph F. Yates, Chair Historic Richmond Foundation
Mr. James Klaus, Vice-Chair Citizen-at-large
Mr. Sanford Bond, FAIA American Institute of Architects
Mr. David Cooley Citizen-at-large
Mr. Bryan Clark Green Citizen-at-large
Mr. Jason Hendricks Citizen-at-large
Mr. Neville C. Johnson, Jr. Richmond Association of Realtors
Ms. Carey Jones Citizen-at-large
Mr. Andrew McRoberts Citizen-at-large

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.

2018 Meeting Dates
( Tuesdays unless noted otherwise )
Application Deadlines
( Fridays at noon unless noted otherwise )
January 23, 2018 December 22, 2017
February 27, 2018 January 26, 2018
March 27, 2018 March 2, 2018
April 24, 2018 March 30, 2018
May 22, 2018 April 27, 2018
June 26, 2018 May 25, 2018
July 24, 2018 June 29, 2018
August 28, 2018 July 27, 2018
September 25, 2018 August 24, 2018
October 23, 2018 September 28, 2018
November 27, 2018 October 26, 2018
December 18, 2018 November 26, 2018* ( Monday at Noon )

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 Registry of Historic Districts

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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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