Laws Governing Local Historic Districts
North Carolina first passed a law in 1965 enabling local governments to create a preservation commission and establish a local historic district. The law has been amended several times. The statute in effect today is North Carolina General Statutes, 160A-400.1 through 14 and is included in Appendix 8.
The Wilson Historic Preservation Ordinance allows the Historic Preservation Commission to establish Local Historic Districts.
The goal of establishing local historic districts zoning is to preserve the historic buildings and other significant resources that define and reflect elements of the city’s history. The historic resources found in local historic districts embody the traditional qualities and characteristics of a city or town, creating an attractive environment which is conducive to residential, commercial, and industrial uses as well as tourism and promotes pleasure, education and welfare of the residents of the community.
Inventory and Survey
The Planning Department is currently in the process of updating our historic surveys. Upon completion, those updated documents will be available here.
Restoration Information and Educational Resources
- Windows of Opportunity: Repair – Don’t Replace – Those Older Wood Windows
- 10 Reasons to Repair or Restore Wood Windows
- What Replacement Windows Can’t Replace: The Real Cost of Removing Historic Windows
- Saving Windows, Saving Money: Evaluating the Energy Performance of Window Retrofit and Replacement
- A Comparative Study of the Cumulative Energy Use of Historical Versus Contemporary Window
- Genealogy of a House – Sources for Researching the History of Your House
- Window Payback
Local History and Preservation Resources
- Historic Wilson Walking Tour
- Preservation NC
- State Historic Preservation Office
- Advisory Council Historic Preservation
- National Park Service – Preservation Services
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Restoration Tax Incentives, Grants and Financial Assistance
The State Historic Preservation Office website has detailed information regarding available tax incentives, grants, and financial assistance.