Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB)

NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board meeting schedules and format have changed.

Meeting dates and times are tentative until an agenda is posted.
     • At this time, confirmed meetings will convene virtually. Learn how to view and participate below.

The Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) advises the County Board on historic preservation matters. The HALRB nominates properties for local and national designation and also reviews plans for exterior alterations, demolition, and new construction in locally designated Arlington historic districts through a Certificate of Appropriateness (CoA) process.

Certificate of Appropriateness Process

Applicants who have submitted a Certificate of Appropriateness (CoA) application must go before the Design Review Committee (DRC) – a subcommittee that works with the HALRB. The DRC offers free technical and design advice to the applicant and helps finalize the CoA request before it goes to the HALRB for review. This flowchart shows how an application for a CoA progresses.

2021 Meetings

Date Agenda & Minutes Documents & Meeting Materials
Jan. 27

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Feb. 17

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March 17

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April 21

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May 19

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June 16

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July 21

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August 18

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Sept. 15 

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Oct. 20

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 Nov. 17 at 6.30 PM

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 Dec. 15    

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How to View and Participate in a Virtual HALRB Meeting

Virtual HALRB meetings will be held through electronic communication means in compliance with the Code of Virginia and Arlington County’s Continuity of Operations Ordinance. All meetings are open to virtual attendance by the public and closed to in-person attendance.

  • Group members, staff, and public testimony will be hosted by teleconference/videoconference via Microsoft Teams.
  • Meeting access information will be provided on the Board’s webpage at arlingtonva.us. (link will be posted in chart above prior to the meeting start)
  • Live captioning is available when using the Microsoft Teams App. Please download the free Microsoft Teams App onto your computer and test it prior to the meeting. You must be using the Teams App and be logged in in order to use the live captioning feature. For further instruction on how to join a Teams Meeting, you can visit the How to Join a Microsoft Teams Meeting video.
  • Audio is available from the dial-in phone option.
  • A recording of the meeting will be posted to the Board’s webpage two business days after the meeting.
  • To request translation services or other reasonable accommodations, contact Serena Bolliger: 703-228-3818sbolliger@arlingtonva.us.

The public can participate by sharing live verbal testimony or written comments in advance.

  • Sign-up online to speak by 12 noon on the day of the meeting.
    • In-person registration will not be available.
    • Registered speakers will receive an email with further instruction.
    • Speakers will join the meeting via Microsoft Teams (accessible through a web browser or the free app), or, via a phone line to provide their comments.
    • To register by phone, contact Serena Bolliger at 703-228-3818.
  • Submit written comments online to the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board. Comments received by 12 noon on the day of the meeting will be provided to the Board in advance.