The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission was established by City Council in 2008 as an advisory body on issues related to the preservation of historic buildings, structures and sites located in the City of Virginia Beach. Members of the Council-appointed Commission work to preserve, protect and maintain the historic identity of Virginia Beach and the former Princess Anne County. They pursue this through a program of advocacy, public awareness and increased public involvement.
The Historic Preservation Commission is made up of between 9 and 15 citizens who have a passion for the preservation of Virginia Beach’s historic buildings and sites. Many of the members bring with them expertise in the fields of architecture, archaeology and history. Many of the members own historic buildings and their hands on experience with preservation is an invaluable tool for the Commission. The Commission also has one appointed student member from a local high school.
The Historic Preservation Commission is supported by the Department of Museums and the Department of Planning. The Commission generally meets on a monthly basis on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. The location of the meeting varies and citizens are advised to contact one of the support departments for details about attending the next meeting. The Commission holds one annual public meeting to discuss the state of historic preservation in Virginia Beach and to collect ideas and concerns from the citizens.