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Last Updated: 2016-12-05

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. Five of the members are citizens-at-large while the remaining four are appointed from a list of nominees from the Better Housing Coalition, the The American Institute of Architects Richmond (Virginia) Chapter , the Historic Richmond Foundation, and the Richmond Association of Realtors.

The current members are as follows.

Members Affiliation
Mr. Joseph F. Yates, Chair Historic Richmond Foundation
Mr. Bryan Clark Green, Vice-Chair Citizen-at-large
Ms. Rebecca Aarons-Sydnor Better Housing Coalition
Mr. Sanford Bond, FAIA American Institute of Architects
Mr. David Cooley Citizen-at-large
Mr. Jason Hendricks Citizen-at-large
Mr. Nathan Hughes Richmond Association of Realtors
Mr. James Klaus 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.

2017 Meeting Dates
(Tuesdays unless noted otherwise)
Application Deadlines
(Fridays unless noted otherwise)
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Thursday, December 22, 2016
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Friday, January 27, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Friday, March 3, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Friday, March 31, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Friday, June 30, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Friday, July 28, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Friday, August 25, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Friday, September 29, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Friday, October 27, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Monday, November 27, 2017

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 Regsistery 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.

City Old & Historic District Maps

District Name
Barret House Belgian Building
Bolling Haxall House Boulevard
Broad Street Centenary United Methodist Church
Chimborazo Park Church Hill North
Crozet House Franklin St 00 Blocks EW
Franklin St 200 Block West Franklin St West
Glasgow House Grace Street West
Hancock Wirt Caskie Henry Coalter Cabell
Hermitage Road Jackson Ward
Jefferson Hotel John Marshall
Joseph P Winston Leigh Street Baptist
Linden Row Mayo Memorial
Monument Avenue Norman Stewart
Old Stone House Pace House
Second Presbyterian Shockoe Slip
Shockoe Valley Springhill
St Andrews St Johns Church
St Pauls St Peters
Stonewall Jackson Union Hill
Valentine Museum Virginia House
White House of the Confederacy William Morien
Wilton Woodward House/Rocketts

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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