Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) - Purpose
The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is a nine member board appointed by the City Council to "promote, enhance and preserve the character of the Wilmington historic districts." The HPC hears and decides requests for Certificates of Appropriateness in accordance with the adopted Wilmington Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Landmarks.
Design review by the HPC is required for exterior alterations to properties located within the city's historic districts in order to ensure compatibility with the historic character of the district. The Design Guidelines do not impose a particular architectural style, but encourage compatible design, whether traditional or contemporary.
Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) - Defined
A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)
is issued by the Commission for approved exterior changes to a property. Approval is based on the Wilmington Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Landmarks.
Wilmington Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Landmarks - Defined
The Wilmington Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Landmarks
provides guidelines which enable the Commission to act responsively and responsibly in reviewing design changes in the historic districts. It states the organizational framework within which the Historic Preservation Commission must work. It identifies Wilmington's historic districts and describes the review authority of the Commission in each district. It contains the local design guidelines which are used in conjunction with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation
. All Commission decisions on design changes are based on this document and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.
Administrative Bypass - Purpose
of Commission decisions are to the Wilmington Board of Adjustment. Appeals must be filed within ten days from the date of the Commission hearing.