How is a local historic district designated?

Local historic districts are designated by the appropriate governing board in Forsyth County, depending on where the area is located. This is done through the rezoning process, after public review and comment. All affected property owners have the opportunity to make their feelings known well before a vote is taken. Additionally, the State Historic Preservation Office is required to comment on all local historic district designation proposals prior to the governing board vote, to ensure that the proposed district meets the criteria outlined in State law.

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1. What is the difference between a Local Historic District and a National Register Historic District?
2. What exactly is a local historic district?
3. What are the major provisions of a local historic district ordinance?
4. What are design review standards?
5. How do I know if I need a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?
6. How is a local historic district designated?
7. What does it mean to own property in a local historic district?
8. What is required in a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application to the Commission?
9. Is there a way to deal with minor projects?
10. What about routine maintenance?
11. How long does it take to have projects reviewed and approved?
12. What happens if I begin work without a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?
13. Does the Historic Resources Commission require you to restore your property?