Architectural Review Board

The Historic Overlay Districts (HOD) preserve the history and tradition of Manassas through the architecture and unique design of its buildings. If you live or own a building in an HOD and are interested in starting any exterior projects to your home or building, you may need to submit an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from the Architectural Review Board (ARB). The ARB reviews applications for exterior alterations and new construction such as fences, sheds, garages, decks, porches, awnings, lights, replacement siding or windows, commercial signs and exterior painting. The COA is a document from the ARB ensuring that the proposed projects meet the goals and objectives
of the Historic Overlay District.

Check the map to see if you own property in the Manassas Historic District.

Learn more about the Historic Overlay District (including related Design Guidelines and the ARB submittal process) 

Meeting Calendar

7:00 p.m. in the Manassas City Hall Council Chambers (First Floor) on the Third Tuesday of every month (as needed)  see the 2021 calendar

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas and Minutes

The Manassas City Architectural Review Board serves in an important role to ensure the preservation and protection of the city's historic districts. Duties include:

  • Issuing or denying a certificate of appropriateness for construction, reconstruction, substantial exterior alteration, demolition, or relocation within an HOD
  • Assisting and advising the City Council, the Planning Commission, and other city departments, agencies, and property owners in matters involving historically significant sites, and structures such as appropriate land design, parking lot design, and signs
  • Advising owners of historic structures relating to preservation
  • Reviewing and proposing additional historic structures to be included in an HOD
  • Conducting studies deemed necessary to consider additional districts and means of preservation and utilization of historic assets in the city, upon request of the council, planning commission, or interested citizens
  • Cooperating with and enlisting assistance from the state historic landmarks commission, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and other interested parties, both public and private, in its efforts to preserve, restore, and conserve historic structures, buildings, sites, or areas within the city.

Jan Alten (Chair) 
Myra Buchanan Brent 
Robert Carter (Vice-Chair)
Stephen D. Hersch
Kitra A. Martin-Davis
Sean Porter
Marci Settle
Miguel Pires (Alternate)

Regular membership of the ARB, as defined in the City of Manassas Code of Ordinances, states: 

  • Members shall have a demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation.
  • A majority of the members must be City residents

Rules of Procedure
View current rules of procedureadopted May 19, 2020

Annual Report
FY20 ARB Annual Report               

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