Local Historic Districts

The City of Gastonia has two locally zoned historic districts, York-Chester & Brookwood, designated as such for their unique architecture and character, lot layout, development pattern, and historic significance.
Within these districts, the seven-member Historic District Commission and its staff work with property owners and businesses in the districts to assure that development and renovation occurs in a manner that is consistent with the character of the neighborhood. Any changes made to the exterior of a property in a historic district requires review by the HDC or its staff. The HDC Design Standards provide guidance on the types of projects and materials that are permitted and if they require review by staff or the commission. New Gastonia Historic District Design Principles and Standards were adopted on October 28, 2021.
 HDC Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)
A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) must be obtained prior to work commencing on the exterior of a resource within a local historic district.  A COA is a document issued by the Historic District Commission (HDC), that indicates the Commission has approved of the proposed work on a resource or property within a local historic district. For work that has received a COA, a yellow sign will be posted on the property with the COA information while the work is in progress. For more information on the HDC COA process, pre-submittal meetings, deadlines and to apply for a HDC COA, please see the Application for Certificate of Appropriateness page.
Need to report work done without a COA? Please emailPlanning.planningw@gastonianc.gov.

Fourth Thursday of each month at 6pm. Please consult the meeting schedule for details.

City Hall, 181 S South Street, Gastonia, NC. Meet in the Council Chambers.
 Commission Staff
Jason Thompson, Planning Director  
Jalen Nash, Planning Technician 
 Historic District Commission Information 

 COA Applications and Checklists  

Resources & Neighborhood Information 

 For more information regarding the Historic District Commission contact:

Gastonia Historic District Commission 


The Planning Department is located at Garland Municipal Business Center at 150 S. York Street on the second floor.

 f logo RGB Blue 58
Follow us on Facebook
hdclogoskw FINALmorewhite2
Contact Information:
Garland Municipal Business Center
150 S. York Street, Gastonia, NC 28052
(PO Box 1748, Gastonia, NC  28053-1748)
704.854.6605 (office)
704.869.1960 (fax)


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.



  181 S. South Street
Gastonia NC 28052