Demolition of Historic Structures

Demolition of HomeIn 2008 the town Board of Commissioners amended the zoning ordinance to require Certificates of Appropriateness for the demolition of all historic buildings throughout the town and its extraterritorial jurisdiction, whether or not those buildings are in a historic district or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Demolition of Historic Structures Ordinance is found in 15.11.4 of the Town of Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance.

The intent of these requirements is to establish requirements for the delay in demolition of historic structures in order to allow time for pursue other options in the effort to preserve and enhance the valuable and unique cultural resources of the Town of Wake Forest, and to preserve the property values and promote the general welfare of its citizens.


Historic Buildings

The demolition of historic structures ordinance (UDO 15.11.4) requires a COA prior to receiving a demolition permit from the town. For this purpose, the term "historic structures" means:

a. Any designated local, State, or national landmark; or
b. Any structure that is:

  1. Individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places;

  2. Individually identified as a contributing structure in a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places;

  3. Certified or preliminarily determined by the Secretary of the Interior as contributing to the significance of a registered historic district or a district preliminarily determined by the Secretary to qualify as a registered historic district;

  4. Individually listed in the State inventory of historic places;

  5. Individually listed in the county Register of Historic Places; or,

  6. Individually listed in a local inventory of historic places in communities with historic preservation programs that have been certified by an approved State program (including certified local governments) as determined by the Secretary of the Interior or directly by the Secretary of the Interior in states without approved programs.


Certificate of Appropriateness Required

For any structure meeting the definition of "historic structure" given above, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), issued by the Historic Preservation Commission, is required before any demolition takes place, regardless of whether the structure is formally designated as historic. The COA may authorize demolition immediately or may delay it for a specified amount of time, up to 365 days.


Demolition Without a Certificate of Appropriateness or in Violation of a COA

Any demolition of structures subject to these regulations, in violation of the COA, or undertaken without compliance with this process shall be prohibited from submitting redevelopment plans for the property for up to 48 months from the date of notice of the violation. The length of the delay will be at the discretion of the Planning Director or designated agent, depending on the specific circumstances of the site, structure, and violation.



Demolition of Historic Structures
Senior Planner - Historic Preservation