Historic Preservation


Historic preservation preserves and fosters the use and reuse of historic buildings which add significantly to a community's distinctiveness, personality, and diversity. Historic preservation encourages pride and reinvestment in older existing neighborhoods, thus stabilizing and enhancing values.

In 1997, the Rocky Mount City Council appointed nine members to serve on a newly-created Rocky Mount Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). The HPC is the lead authority in regards to: compiling an inventory of significant properties; designating landmarks and historic districts; promoting preservation efforts; and reviewing Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) proposals for alterations, demolitions, or new construction within historic districts, or of designated landmarks.

The Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the third floor committee room at the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building (City Hall). The public is invited to attend these meetings; the most recent HPC agendas are available online. Our community is extremely proud of the accomplishments which have been achieved in the past several years through grassroots preservation efforts.

Within Rocky Mount, there are a total of seven historic districts: Central CityEdgemontFalls RoadLincoln ParkRocky Mount Mills VillageVilla Place, and West Haven. Combined, these districts  contain more than 1,200 properties.

Owners of property within the city’s local historic districts will find the preservation guidelines are user friendly and important to reference in the planning stages of a project. The Department of Planning and Development provides professional staff support to assist property owners.

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