Historic Designation FAQ Guide

The City of Columbia’s first local historic districts were established in 1964, and the city’s Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Ordinance is the framework that supports Columbia’s local historic districts and individual landmarks, and it specifically outlines provisions related to historic designation, design review, and demolition review. It is important to note that these functions are managed by the City of Columbia Planning Department, its Design/Development Review Commission (D/DRC), and the Columbia City Council.