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Historic Preservation Commission


The Vienna Historic Preservation Commission was established by the City of Vienna in 2003, followed by the designation of the Vienna Central Historic District. The Commission reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) and grants or denies them in accordance with the provisions of the Historic Preservation Ordinance and the Vienna Central Historic District Design Guidelines. These guidelines are in reference to major exterior alterations that change the entire appearance of a historic structure. A COA is also required for new construction, demolition, secondary buildings, and erecting a sign or a fence. Guidelines have nothing at all to do with general repairs, color choice, or interior changes.


The purpose of the ordinance and review is to preserve the integrity and character of the City’s historic resources that are our most valued and important assets. All owners or occupants of properties in the Vienna Central Historic District are required to obtain a COA before making any exterior changes to their property. The boundaries of Vienna's Central Historic District are defined in the City’s ordinance. There is also a Central Historic District Map provided. Applications can be printed from the link below or picked up at the Community Development Office located in Vienna City Hall at 203 West Cotton Street. The Commission meets monthly and all meetings are open to the public. If you have questions related to your property, contact the Community Development Office.


Vienna Historic Preservation Commissioners

Gloria Alexander 

Jillian Meadows

Stan Tydings

Beth English 

David Brown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Betsy Pharr 

Ex Officio Appointee



Michael Bowens

Velvet Layfield 


Please click on the links below: 

Vienna Central Historic District Map 

Historic District Guidelines

Certificate of Appropriateness Application