Rome Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) guides development and renovation in the 5 local Historic Districts , safeguarding Rome's built resources according to the provisions of the local Historic Preservation Ordinance .
Before receiving a Building Permit, any work proposed on the exterior of a structure within a Historic District must be reviewed by the HPC or Historic Preservation Planner. This includes new construction as well as the reconstruction, renovation, restoration, maintenance, or painting of any property or historic landmark within the Historic District. It also includes work on-site features such as driveways, retaining walls and fences.
Property owners seeking guidance on upcoming work plans are strongly encouraged to attend an HPC meeting as a study item before submitting a final application.
Meetings & Applications
- 5:30 pm
- Third Wednesday of each month
- During the COVID-19 outbreak, meetings are being held virtually. Please contact the Planning Department for more information on virtual meetings.
- Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the 20th of the month prior to the scheduled meeting.
- During the COVID-19 outbreak, applications are being accepted virtually. Please email or Dropbox applications and all supporting materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need a consultant,
Residents can view the State of Georgia’s Consultant Directory for a list of preservation professionals and contractors that work with historic buildings.
DEMOLITION - Applications for demolition are not available electronically, but can be obtained during a pre-application conference with the Preservation staff in the Rome-Floyd Planning Department.
HPC Agendas and Minutes
Meeting agendas and minutes of the Rome Historic Preservation Commission can be found here.
Projects that propose exterior alterations to buildings or construction/demolition on a property located within designated local historic districts are evaluated by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Planning staff in accordance with design guidelines. Design guidelines are intended to serve as a reference and a resource for property owners, clarifying in advance what is expected. The HPC or staff determines the appropriateness of a project after reviewing all applicable guidelines. The goal is to strike a balance that best serves both the resource and the owner.
Design guidelines provide an overview of the distinctive characteristics of each district and provide written standards which governing exterior alterations to structures or properties of each district. The guidelines do not dictate styles or specific design motifs. Instead, they suggest a choice of approaches for achieving design compatibility. These guidelines can be found below:
For guidance not specifically listed in the Design Guidelines for Properties within Local Historic Districts, please refer to the Preservation Briefs provided by Technical Preservation Service Branch through the National Park Service.
Preservation Briefs provide information on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. These NPS Publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work. The briefs are especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character.