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Chapel Hill National Register Historic District Boundary Increase Coming Soon

Changes are coming to our Historic Districts here in downtown Chapel Hill, and we want to make sure you are aware of the changes and what they mean to your downtown property/business.  

As you may know, Chapel Hill has a few different historic districts, both locally-designated and National Register-listed; as well as a few individual properties on the National Historic Registry.  Currently under consideration is the expansion of the Chapel Hill National Register Historic District (listed in 1971) boundaries to include most of the East Franklin Street business core as well as additional residential areas.  As a part of this nomination there will also be improved documentation of the entire district.  

While the new boundaries will cover much of the 100 block of East Franklin Street no new restrictions and reviews will come into play unless projects are applying for Federal or State rehabilitation tax credits.  Learn more about these incentives here.  This new expansion is largely honorary but makes properties in the district potentially eligible for rehabilitation tax credits.  

Explore North Carolina's various historic districts and registered places using this interactive map!

If you have more questions related to these changes you may contact Jessica Dockery with the State Historic Preservation Office who is helping lead this initiative -

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These changes do not alter the local historic districts or their oversight.  Exterior alterations to properties in the Local Historic District still need approval through the Historic District Commission.

No new restrictions or review from this boundary expansion unless you are applying for rehabilitation tax credits.

Not all properties in the district are considered "contributing resources" examples being buildings less than 50 years old.  Only contributing resources are eligible for rehabilitation tax credits.