Historic Preservation


Historic preservation preserves and fosters the use and reuse of historic buildings which add significantly to a community's distinctiveness, personality, and diversity. Historic preservation encourages pride and reinvestment in neighborhoods, thus stabilizing and enhancing values.

The Historic Preservation Commission is made up of Rocky Mount residents appointed by City Council to serve as the lead authority with regards to: compiling an inventory of significant properties; designating landmarks and historic districts; promoting preservation efforts; and reviewing Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) proposals for alterations, demolitions, or new construction within local historic districts, or of designated local landmarks.  

The Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm, in the committee room on the third floor, at the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building (City Hall).

Within Rocky Mount, there are a total of seven historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, containing approximately 1,200 properties:

Owners of property within the city's local historic overlay districts will find the preservation guidelines are user friendly and important to reference in the planning stages of a project. The Department of Development Services provides professional staff support to assist property owners.

For more information related to Rocky Mount's historic resources, click on one of the following links: