Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 5 – 12 Effective Date: March 6, 2018 Supp. No. 5 CHAPTER 5. OVERLAY DISTRICTS | Article 5.4. Character Protection Overlays Sec. 5.4.1. General Historic Overlay District (-HOD-G) Article 5.4. Character Protection Overlays Sec. 5.4.1. General Historic Overlay District (-HOD-G) A. Applicability This section applies to all individual Historic Landmarks and each General Historic Overlay District (-HOD-G) designated by the City Council. B. Purpose and Objectives 1. The -HOD-G is intended to preserve the historic significance of properties that are formally designated by the City. Locally designated historic districts are areas which are deemed to be of special significance in terms of their history, prehistory, architecture, archeology or culture, and to possess integrity of design, setting, materials, feeling and association. The -HOD-G seeks to preserve the overall historic character of the district, as well as the key, character-defining details of each of the contributing resources, and to assure that new construction is compatible with this historic context. 2. The -HOD-G has the following objectives: a. To promote the preservation and continued use of individual properties and districts of historic significance; b. To preserve the integrity of historically significant resources; c. To support sustainability by reusing existing built resources; and d. To assure that new construction is compatible with the historic context of landmark properties and historic districts. C. Certificate of Appropriateness Required 1. In addition to all other approval processes, within the -HOD-G and for any Historic Landmark, no portion of the exterior features of any building or other structure (including walls, fences, light fixtures, steps, pavement, path or any other appurtenant features), trees, or above ground utility structure nor any type of outdoor advertising sign, or portion of the designated interior features of a Historic Landmark is to be erected, altered, restored, demolished or moved unless and until after an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness as to the exterior features, or portion of the designated interior features of a Historic Landmark, has been submitted and approved. 2. A Certificate of Appropriateness shall be issued prior to any application for a building permit or other permit granted for the purpose of constructing, altering, moving or demolishing structures or appurtenant features being made, and shall be issued or denied, subject to such reasonable conditions as the Historic Development Commission may impose, according to such procedures as may be set forth elsewhere in this UDO or adopted by the Historic Development Commission. 3. A Certificate of Appropriateness shall be required for all activities specified in this section whether a building permit or other permit is otherwise required or not; except that no Certificate of Appropriateness shall be required for: a. The ordinary maintenance or repair of any features that do not involve a change in: i. Design; ii. Material; iii. Color; or iv. Outer appearance. b. The construction, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, moving or demolition of any feature which the Deputy Inspections Director certifies is required by the public safety because of an unsafe or dangerous condition. c. In the event of equipment failure, accidental damage or natural occurrences (such as electrical storms, tornadoes, ice storms and the like), the ordinary maintenance or repair of: i. Streets; ii. Sidewalks; iii. Pavement markings; iv. Above-ground utility service lines; or v. Street signs, traffic signs or replacement of streetlight fixtures. 4. All of the provisions of this section are applicable to construction, alteration, restoration, moving and demolition by the State of North Carolina, its political subdivisions, agencies, instrumentalities and public utilities. 5. Individual certificates of appropriateness for each change may be requested, or if the activity is of the same character and involves a number of objects, as is the case with utility pole replacement, a programmatic certificate of appropriateness may be requested.