Historical Review Board

 Historical Review Board Announcement

The City continues to operate under modified conditions and the office is closed to the public. Most of our employees are working remotely but are available via phone or email. Staff encourages future applicants to apply online, rather than in person, by contacting Jonathan Sanders at jdsander@vbgov.com or (757) 385-1829.

Those without access to the internet may drop off applications at 2875 Sabre Street, Suite 500, placing the entire submittal package including application, plans and disclosure statement in a sealed envelope in the City Treasurer’s Drop Box located outside of the building in front of the lobby. Address the envelope to Jonathan Sanders, Department of Planning & Community Development.  Requests for a paper copy of an application can be made using the contact information below. Applicants will be notified by phone or email to confirm receipt and processing of all applications, regardless of submittal method. 

In accordance with Virginia Code § 2.2-3708.2, Virginia Code § 15.2-1413 and the City's Continuity of Government Ordinance adopted on September 15, 2020, and Chapter 1289 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly as amended, the Virginia Beach Historical Review Board will hold a general monthly meeting by electronic communication means on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. to discuss and transact business necessary to continue operations of the public body. The meeting will be hosted by the Department of Planning and Community Development via Webex.

Members of the public wishing to attend the meeting may do so via Webex and may use this link to access the meeting: https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0f2c9c9a008b4f4c01ca905c02806551

Members of the public wishing to speak on any agenda item may do so by registering in advance.  They may register by calling or emailing Jonathan Sanders, Planner, at 757-385-1829 or jdsander@vbgov.com up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. They should also register for the meeting at the above link.

Historical Review Board CapeHenryLighthouseThe Historical Review Board (HRB) is an 8-member body, appointed by the City Council, responsible for the review of requests for new development and exterior building changes within the Historic and Cultural Districts of the City of Virginia Beach.

The Board determines when to issue a Certificate of Appropriateness, which is required before a permit can be issued. The Historical Review Board evaluates the development proposal's compatibility in terms of design and materials. An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness must be completed and submitted on or before the 10th of each month. The application submittal consists of (1) the Application Form and (2) the Disclosure Statement Form, both of which are provided on the right side of this webpage under Related Information.   

Meetings of the Historical Review Board are tentatively scheduled on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm and are subject to cancellation. The meeting is located in the Planning Department Large Conference Room at 2875 Sabre Street, Suite 500. Please contact the Planning Department at (757) 385-4621 for further information.


HearingPlanning Department Large Conference Room ​3rd Wednesday of every month4:00 p.m.

For detailed information on Historic and Cultural District regulations, see the ordinance on the right side of this webpage under Related Information. 



 Historical Review Board Members


Josh Canada


11/20/2018 - 10/31/2021

Brian Facemire


11/19/2019 - 10/31/2022

Charles "Lynn" Hightower


11/19/2019 - 10/31/2022

Steve McNaughton


 7/3/2018 - 10/31/2021

Richard “Dick” Poole – Vice Chair


11/20/2018 - 10/31/2021

​Mary Ann Schmidt


11/1/2015 - 10/31/2021

Damian Seitz – Chairman


11/1/2015 - 10/31/2021

Jim Vachon


1/15/2019 - 10/31/2021



​Hearing Date​Agenda​Minutes
​January 15, 2020
​February 19, 2020 - Cancelled
​March 18, 2020 - Cancelled
​April 15, 2020 - Cancelled
​May 20, 2020 - Cancelled
​June 15, 2020 - Cancelled
​July 15, 2020
​August 19, 2020
​September 16, 2020
​October 21, 2020
​November 18, 2020
​December 16, 2020



​Hearing Date​Agenda​Minutes
​January 16, 2019 - CANCELLED
​February 20, 2019
​March 20, 2019
​April 17, 2019 - CANCELLED
​May 15, 2019
​June 19, 2019 - CANCELLED
​July 17, 2019  - CANCELLED
​August 21, 2019
​September 18, 2019 - CANCELLED
​October 16, 2019
​November 20, 2019
​December 18, 2019


​Hearing Date​Agenda​Minutes
​January 22, 2018
​March 21, 2018
​May 16, 2018
​June 20, 2018
​July 18, 2018
​August 15, 2018
​September 18, 2018
​October 17, 2018
​December 19, 2018


​Hearing Date​Agenda​Minutes
​​May 17, 2017
​​November 15, 2017