Historic Districts

The new Charlotte Historic District Design Standards were adopted on December 8, 2021. Cases submitted on or after December 8th are subject to the new HDC Design Standards below. Cases submitted prior to that date are considered under the previous HDC Design Standards available on the HDC main page

HDC Design Standards

​The Charlotte Historic District Design Standards were updated and adopted at the end of 2021. These updates included new information about murals, multi-family and commercial properties. This update also incorporated the previously adopted mid-century guidelines and Oaklawn Park information into the main body of the Standards along with edits to clarify the original document adopted in 2017. 

The Historic District Commission (HDC) and staff have been working on these edits via public meetings since 2019. Information about public participation opportunities and the adoption timeline is shown below. 

Please click on the cover image of the HDC Design Standards above to view the entire document adopted on December 8, 2021. 

A link to the previous 
version of the HDC Design Standards can be found on the HDC homepage 


Looking for just the highlights?  Please see the Design Standards Update Summary for a brief outline of the changes that were made.  

 A summary of the public input updates is available here

Public Participation Details 

Public participation was held from October 6, 2021 to December 1, 2021. Participation was via public meetings or submitting the online response form with any comments and questions. 

Public Meetings 

Public meetings were held via Zoom. Link information below.  

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
To access a recording of the October 20th Zoom meeting, click here.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

6pm – 7pm

The online response form was used for submitting comments and questions.

Public Hearing & Adoption 

The public hearing and adoption of the new HDC Design Standards took place prior to the regularly scheduled HDC monthly meetings listed below. Meetings were held via WebEx with link information provided at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. 

Public Hearing

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The November 10th HDC meeting can be viewed on the CLT Planning YouTube page.


Wednesday, December 8, 2021


The December 8th HDC meeting can be viewed on the CLT Planning YouTube page.

For more information contact:

Charlotte Historic District Commission
600 East Fourth Street (8th Floor)
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202