Historic District Design Guidelines

The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and the Design Guidelines Committee have prepared a draft Historic Property Handbook with Design Guidelines for public review and comment.

The document is based on the Secretary of Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation and the previous version of the Wake Forest Historic District Design Guidelines. Once approved, this document will replace the Wake Forest Historic District Design Guidelines that were revised in 1999.

Review the Document and Share Your Comments
You're invited to review the draft document and share your comments.

Hard copies of the draft guidelines are available for review at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., and at the Planning Department, located on the third floor of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Comment forms are available at both locations.

Public Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 27 ~ 6-8 pm
Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.

The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission will host a public information meeting to solicit public comment at the Wake Forest Historical Museum on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 6-8 pm.

Staff Contact
Senior Planner for Historic Preservation Michelle Michael


Wake Forest Historic District Design GuidelinesHistoric District Design Guidelines 
Adopted in September 1999 by the Historic Preservation Commission, the Historic District Design Guidelines guide staff and the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) in its decisions on Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs). 

As the document states: "The Town of Wake Forest takes pride in the unique architectural and historical aspects of its identity and has worked over the years to protect and enhance its architectural and cultural heritage. Various civic groups, the Chamber of Commerce, and local government advisory boards have maintained and improved many of the town's visual and physical qualities, while also promoting community awareness of and appreciation for the town's history and architecture. Recently, Wake County's surging growth has motivated Wake Forest to realize that while a larger population provides many benefits, it also brings the danger of being consumed into an amorphous conglomerate where all unique identity is lost. Thus, the efforts to protect and enhance the town's historic buildings have had to become more thorough and extensive. These guidelines are one step toward preserving the architectural heritage that Wake Forest must cherish if it wishes to remain a unique and intact community."