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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


Local History and Preservation Resources


Restoration Tax Incentives, Grants and Financial Assistance

The State Historic Preservation Office website has detailed information regarding available tax incentives, grants, and financial assistance.

Tax Credits

Grants/Financial Assistance

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