Designation as a Local Historic Landmark applies to individual properties which may be buildings, structures, sites, areas, or objects. Landmark designation is an honor; the recognition signifies that the property is important to the heritage and culture of Alamance County.  

Landmark designation has these consequences:

  • An owner cannot demolish the property, move it, or substantially change its exterior features without an approved Certificate of Appropriateness from the Alamance County Historic Properties Commission.
  • The owner of a designated landmark may apply for an annual fifty percent property tax deferral for as long as the property’s important historic features are retained.

Local Historic Landmark Designation Application


Certificate of Appropriateness

A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) must be issued before any exterior changes are made to a designated Local Historic Landmark property. These are reviewed by the Alamance County Historic Properties Commission for their compatibility with the design, integrity, and setting of the Local Historic Landmark.

Certificate of Appropriateness Guidelines

Certificate of Appropriateness Application


As of 2014, eleven properties in the HPC’s jurisdiction, shown below, are designated as Local Historic Landmarks.

Local Landmarks

Local Landmark property owners are encouraged to get a plaque or marker that recognizes their property’s designation. Visit the links below for lists of marker manufacturers. Contact Planning Department staff for size and appearance guidelines.

Marker Manufacturers List from the NC State Historic Preservation Office

Marker Manufacturers List from the NC Highway Marker Program