Historic District Commission

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The Historic District Commission is a seven-member volunteer board, appointed by the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, that reviews applications for exterior changes within the Historic District. A majority of the commission’s members have specialized training or an interest in architecture, preservation, archaeology, history or building methods. 

The commission’s mission is to identify, protect and preserve Hillsborough’s architectural resources and to educate the public about those resources and preservation in general. In its quasi-judicial role, the commission hears evidence, determines relevant facts and then applies the law as it concerns the exterior changes to or demolition of any properties as well as new construction in the district.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the Town Barn, located on the Town Hall campus at 101 E. Orange St. Access is from East Corbin Street.

Certificate of Appropriateness Applications

It is unlawful to begin construction, moving, demolition, alteration or restoration of any structure or site until a Certificate of Appropriateness has been issued by the Historic District Commission.

It is suggested that you contact staff when considering any exterior changes to your property. To schedule a pre-application meeting or submit an application, contact Project Planner Stephanie Trueblood.


The deadline for submitting applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness is noon Wednesday two weeks prior to a Historic District Commission meeting date. Deadline dates are available on the Administrative Manual for the Unified Development Ordinance page. See Appendix B for the deadlines. Submittal of a complete application by the deadline will not guarantee time on the next agenda.

Hillsborough Historic District Design Guidelines

The Hillsborough Historic District Design Guidelines were developed to guide the commission in reviewing applications for:

  • Changes to existing buildings
  • New construction and additions
  • Changes to historic district setting
  • Relocation
  • Demolition

The guidelines also provide information on exempt and minor works, as well as other architectural and historic resources. They are a useful tool for property owners, contractors, real estate agents and residents.

Hard copies of the design guidelines are available from the Planning Department for a fee.

Current Membership

Name Term Start Term End Board
Mike Irwin 06/11/2012 06/30/2015 Historic District Commission
Mark Bell / Chair 07/08/2009 07/08/2015 Historic District Commission
Holly Snyder 11/09/2009 11/30/2015 Historic District Commission
David McCullough 11/09/2009 11/30/2015 Historic District Commission
Candice Cobb 11/09/2009 11/30/2015 Historic District Commission
Reid Highley 10/14/2013 10/31/2016 Historic District Commission
Anna Currie / Vice Chair 03/14/2011 03/31/2017 Historic District Commission

Meetings in the Next 60 Days

Previous Meeting Agenda and Minutes

List of meetings, including agenda and minutes

List of archived meeting files