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Monroe Historic District

The City of Monroe has been a Certified Local Government since March 10, 1986. Below is an excerpt from the National Park Service website regarding Certified Local Governments:

Preservation through Partnership: this is the goal of the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program.  Local, State, and Federal governments work together in the Federal Preservation Program to help communities save the irreplaceable historic character of places.  Through the certification process, communities make a local commitment to historic preservation. This commitment is key to America’s ability to preserve, protect, and increase awareness of  our unique cultural heritage found in the built environment across the country.

For more information regarding the importance of being  Certified Local Government, please visit the National Park website: https://www.nps.gov/clg/
** We have adopted the new Design Guidelines, they became effective September 10, 2019. To view a PDF version of The Historic District Design Guidelines please click HERE. Printed color copies can also be purchased for $10 at the City of Monroe Planning and Development Office.

A brochure briefly explaining what it mean to own property in the Historic District can be located HERE.

The Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Application can be found HERE

*If your project is required to be reviewed by the Historic District Commission, you or a representative will need to attend the meeting.

**Please note: Commission Level applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the Historic District meeting. **

2020 Meeting Scheudle and application deadlines:

Meeting Date Deadline Date
June 8 May 11
July 13 June 15
August 10 July 13
September 14 August 17
October 12 September 14
November 9 October 12
December 14 November 16


If you are unsure if your property is located in the Historic District, you can check the Historic District Map or call the Planning Department at (704) 282-4527 to confirm whether your property is located in the district or not.Historic District Reminder Postcard

**Please call the Planning Department before you start any project to confirm that your project does not require approval.**

Historic District Commission meeting packets and agendas can be found at the following link: http://agenda.monroenc.org/agendamanager/publicview.asp?MeetingType=Historic%20District

If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department at (704) 282-4527.

Historic Downtown Monroe

Visit the Historic Downtown Monroe Website to see upcoming events and a shopping guide for our downtown businesses.

Take a step back in time with the Historic Downtown Walking Tour!