Historic Preservation Committee

IMAGE OF HISTORIC HOMEThe purpose and intent of the Historic Preservation Committee is to establish a uniform procedure for use in providing the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of places, districts, sites, buildings, structures, objects, and landscape features having a special historical, cultural, or aesthetic interest or value, in accordance with the Code of Ordinance.  All members reside in the City of Douglas and shall be persons who have demonstrated special interest, experience, or education in history, architecture or the preservation of historic resources.  

Link to Historic Preservation Ordinance

Link to Gaskin Avenue Historic District Information


Before any work gets started involving an exterior change and or additions/add-ons, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is required from the HPC. This includes new construction, demolition, removal of large trees, and erection of a sign or a fence. A COA is not required for interior changes to a building and routine maintenance (painting, re-caulking windows, landscaping). If a COA is required, the application processing fee is $45. Work requiring a COA may also require a separate building permit. 

Applications for a COA are available at the Community Development Department office located at 211 S. Gaskin Avenue (Ashley-Slater House). The Historic Preservation Commission will review applications on a monthly basis. For questions regarding design review of a project, please contact the Community Development Department at (912) 383-0277.

Certificate of Appropriateness Application (PDF)

Administrative Review Application (PDF)

Historic Property Incentives and Grants

Historic property owners or occupants are encouraged to search for alternative funding for rehabilitation or renovations on the property.  Tax incentives and grants are available for those interested to apply.  

Some incentives include the Federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit, the Georgia Preferential Property Tax Assessment, and the State Income Tax Credit for Rehabilitated Historic Property.  More details of incentives can obtained by visiting the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website,  www.dca.ga.gov/georgia-historic-preservation-division.  

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has grants that may be applied for on their website, www.georgiatrust.org/resources/grants-fellowships.  

Link to National Register of Historic Places

Link to Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

Link to Georgia Department of Community Affairs Historic Preservation Division

What makes a Property Historic by Georgia DNR Historic Preservation (PDF)

National Register of Historic Places Facts (PDF)

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How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation (PDF)

Commission MemberTerms
Brenda Veal01/01/2023-12/31/2025
Frankie Snow05/24/2021-12/31/2023
Jim Cottingham01/01/2021-12/31/2023
Darlene Salazar01/01/2022-12/31/2024
Melissa Rowell01/01/2022-12/31/2024
Georgia Henderson, Ex-Officio
  1. Community Development

    Fax: (912) 384-6730