Local Historic Districts


Arlington’s Local Historic Districts include the 1785-era Ball-Carlin Cemetery in Glencarlyn, the Joseph Fisher Post Office in Clarendon and the Green Valley Pharmacy in Nauck. Our local historic buildings, sites and neighborhoods capture distinct and irreplaceable aspects of our history and architectural heritage. Local Historic Districts are designated by the County Board when there is sufficient historic merit. The term “historic district” includes both individual and collections of historic buildings, sites or objects.

Apply here to request the study of properties for local historic district designation.

The Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) makes decisions about Certificate of Appropriateness (CoA) requests based on either design standards for individual local historic districts or standards established by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The Arlington County Zoning Ordinance states that unless local historic districts have approved design guidelines in place, then the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards will be used to guide rehabilitation efforts (e.g., the Standards for RehabilitationGuidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes, or the Standards for Archaeological Documentation.


Commercial Buildings

Community Buildings


Garden Apartment Complexes


Industrial Structures

Institutional Buildings

Natural Elements


Places of Worship