City Hall will be closed to the public until at least April 12th.  Our COVID-19 resource page has City operational updates. Follow our health experts for Coronavirus updates from the Thomas Jefferson Health District's and Virginia Department of Health website.

Board of Architectural Review (BAR)

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Glass block store facade during 2010 snow storm


The Board of Architectural Review (BAR) administers the City's Historic Preservation and Architectural Design Control (ADC) Districts and Historic Conservation Districts. The main purposes of the BAR's oversight are to protect and preserve buildings and properties that serve as visible reminders of the City's heritage; to assure that new structures, additions, landscaping and related elements will be compatible with the character of the historic district and property; and to promote tourism and enhance business and industry.

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 3:30 p.m.

Information about the BAR:

Information for Applicants:

Please visit the BAR Applicant Portalfor application forms, filing deadlines, design guidelines, and other pertinent information.

Staff Contact Information:

Jeff Werner, 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

Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Acrobat Reader Flash Player QuickTime Windows Media Player Microsoft Silverlight Word Viewer Excel Viewer PowerPoint Viewer