Information for Local Historic
Landmark Property Owners

Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)
is a…

type of permit required by section 2-271 of the Currituck County Code of Ordinances.

The Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) certifies that changes to a locally designated Historic Landmark are appropriate to the historic character of the property. Once a property is designated as a Historic Landmark, the exterior cannot be changed without a COA issued by the Currituck County Historic Preservation Commission or by Currituck County Planning & Development Department Staff.

is needed… 

if you are getting ready to do work to the exterior of your Landmark property or its grounds, you will need to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF). COA is required for all exterior projects that involve a change in:

  • design,
  • materials,
  • or outer appearance

to a Historic Landmark or its site.

A Certificate of Appropriateness is not required for interior changes or routine maintenance. Routine maintenance is defined as the repair or replacement of building features when there is no change in materials or appearance. For example, replacing roof shingles when there is no change in color or material is considered routine maintenance.

If you are in any doubt about whether a Certificate of Appropriateness is required or not, be sure to call the Planning and Community Development Department at 252-232-3055.

is available by…

downloading a Certificate of Appropriateness application, complete it, and then return it along with any:

  • drawings,
  • site plans,
  • photographs,
  • or other materials you may have,
  • or that are requested,

to the Currituck County Planning Department.

The application includes more detailed information about submittal requirements.