The Board of Architectural Review (BAR) is responsible for safeguarding and preserving individually designated historic properties and properties within the Architectural Design Control (ADC) districts, which reflect elements of the city's cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history.
The Board reviews all changes to the exterior of designated properties. Their review includes new building construction, alterations, building additions, and demolitions. Some minor changes to the exterior of a property, such as paint color and signs may be reviewed administratively by the City staff. See Chapter 34, Sec. 34-271 through 34-291 Historical Preservation and Architectural Design Control Overlay Districts in the Charlottesville Zoning Ordinance, available in Municode.
The Board of Architectural Review is a nine member citizen board appointed by the City Council. The Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, starting at 5:30 p.m. Applications to the board must be submitted 3 weeks prior to the day of the meeting, by 4 p.m.
Staff Contact Information:
Mary Joy Scala, AICP, Preservation and Design Planner
City of Charlottesville
Department of Neighborhood Development Services
City Hall - 610 East Market Street
P.O. Box 911
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ph 434.970.3130 FAX 434.970.3359