Valdosta is a Preserve America Community! Learn More at preserveamerica.gov.
Download the 2020 Historic Preservation Award Nomination Application, or the Fillable Application.
Historic preservation is a proven way to maintain and teach local history, as well as prevent the loss of irreplaceable community landmarks. It is also a means of downtown revitalization, neighborhood stabilization, tourism generation, job creation, and affordable housing, and by its very nature, a "green" and sustainable alternative to new construction.
Valdosta's role in the history and development of Georgia is reflected in its diverse historic resources. Approximately 150 blocks containing a majority of these resources are included in the Valdosta Historic District, established in 1981. Through its historic preservation ordinance, the City of Valdosta is working to protect and maintain its historic resources. The ordinance, originally adopted in 1980, and now a part of the City of Valdosta Land Development Regulations (Title 2, Chapter 238), established the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), a citizen advisory board responsible for designating landmarks within the City and reviewing any exterior changes made to them. The purpose of the program is to foster planning practices that encourage the continued use and preservation of historic sites and structures, while promoting the heath, prosperity, and general welfare of the community. The Planning and Zoning Division, Community Development Department administers the historic preservation ordinance and provides staff support for the HPC.
Further information about Valdosta's historic preservation efforts can be found here.
For more information, contact Historic Preservation and Special Projects Planner, James Horton.
- Valdosta Historic Preservation Ordinance (LDR, Title 2, Chapter 238)
- Historic Preservation Commission
- Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Agendas and Minutes
- Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Historic Preservation
- Certificate of Appropriateness Application (for major projects)
- Administrative Review Application (for minor projects)
For information about the Design Review process and what constitutes a major or minor project, please see our Design Review brochure.
Valdosta Historic District Design Guidelines
Historic Preservation Links
- Valdosta's Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (from the Digital Library of Georgia's site)