Architectural Review Board

Agenda Package for March 9, 2023 (includes agenda, staff reports, and applications):

ARB Meeting Minutes, pending Board approval:

The work session of the Architectural Review Board is scheduled on the first Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in Council Conference Room, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, Fourth Floor, Room 451, Roanoke, Virginia.

The public meeting of the Architectural Review Board is scheduled on the second Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in Council Chamber, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, Fourth Floor, Room 450, Roanoke, Virginia. These meetings will be streamed on Facebook Live.

Citizens may register to speak at the public meeting by emailing [email protected] by 12 noon on that day.

Citizens may also submit comments to the Secretary to the Architectural Review Board at [email protected].

The City of Roanoke provides interpretation at no cost for all public meetings, upon request. If you would like to request an interpreter, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance by calling (540) 853-1283.

La Ciudad de Roanoke proporciona interpretación sin costo por todas citas públicas, previa solicitud. Si usted desea solicitar un intérprete, háganoslo saber con al menos 24 horas de antelación por llamar (540) 853-1283.

Jiji la Roanoke linatoa huduma ya ukalimani bila malipo katika mikutano yote ya umma, inapoombwa. Iwapo ungependa kuomba mkalimani, tafadhali tujulishe angalau saa 24 kabla kwa kupiga simu (540) 853-1283.

A working group has been formed to review the guidelines used by the Board to make decisions on each matter.  However, meetings have been postponed until further notice.  

Questions? Email [email protected]

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The mission of the Architectural Review Board is to preserve, protect, and enhance the character of significant historic, architectural, or cultural properties located in historic districts by ensuring the design compatibility and appropriateness of new construction and alterations therein. The board also identifies historic properties and recommends historic designation for such properties.


The Architectural Review Board’s primary duty is to administer the historic district regulations adopted by City Council, particularly as pertains to the city’s historic districts (H-1, Historic District and H-2, Neighborhood Preservation District). In doing so, the Board reviews new construction, alterations and demolition of structures located within historic districts in accordance with zoning regulations and adopted architectural design guidelines, and provides architectural and design expertise to City Council, City Administration, and other City Boards.

The Board also recommends historic landmark status and historic district protection for properties of significant historic, architectural or cultural value in the city, while assisting applicants in maintaining and enhancing the contributing architectural features of historic buildings through informal workshops and individual work sessions.

Our Passion

The Architectural Review Board is a group of seven volunteer citizens who are appointed by City Council. They are people who, by virtue of their profession or experience, are interested in architecture, construction, urban planning, historic preservation, and design issues. They are neighborhood leaders, architects, planners, property owners, and others.

Architectural Review Board 2022 Calendar