Historic Preservation

Avondale Estates was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in December 1986 due to the character of the City’s architecture and landscape, and because it’s the only documented example in the southeastern United States of an early 20th century planned town. Following the National Register Designation, a Local Historic District was established.

Property Change Guidelines

Please refer to the 2024 Historic Preservation Commission Application Process document at the top of the right column on this page for the most up-to-date information on the application process including a checklist to assist homeowners. 

If your home is located within Avondale Estates’ Local Historic District, there are certain guidelines that must be followed when making changes to your property.

There are four tier designations:

  • Adaptation
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Preservation

Exterior Changes

If you have plans for any exterior changes, these changes must be approved by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) before any work begins. This includes:

  • Additions
  • Demolition
  • Door replacements
  • New construction
  • Renovations
  • Window replacements

Minor Works Projects

Minor Works Projects such as fences, accessory buildings 100 square feet or less, and additions or alterations to accessory buildings of 100 square feet or less do not require approval by the HPC. The Code Enforcement Officer must approve such projects. Please contact the Planner & Permit Services Coordinator for permitting process.

Building Permits

Some applications to the HPC may also require a building permit. Similarly, interior and exterior work not reviewed by the HPC may still require a building a permit. Please contact the Planner & Permit Services Coordinator to determine the proper procedure for a specific project.

Historic District Forms & Guidelines