Architectural Review Board (ARB)


  • 6 p.m.
  • Once per month, on the second Wednesday of the month
  • 2023 Meeting Schedule
  • Held in the Multi-Purpose room on the first floor of the Petersburg Public Library
    • 201 W. Washington St. Petersburg, VA 23803

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following their approval.

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Board Overview

An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) must be submitted and complete at least 14 calendar days before the meeting. The application should be directed to the Secretary of the ARB / Preservation Planner with the Department of Planning and Community Development by email at or hard copy at:

City Hall

Room 304

135 N. Union St.

Petersburg, VA 23803

Not sure if your property lies within a local historic district? Check this map, and staff is available to confirm whether or not a property is within a district.

A COA is required for all exterior work, including but not limited to:

  • Dependency buildings
  • Doors
  • Fences
  • Masonry
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Signs
  • Windows

Depending on the type and scale of work, the Preservation Planner may be able to approve a COA application administratively, without it being reviewed by the ARB. Projects should be discussed with the Preservation Planner before work begins to determine appropriateness and the level of review required.

Board Members

Larry Murphy- Chairman

Dino Lunsford- Vice-Chairman

Celeste Wynn

Bill Hartsock

Joe Battiston

Terry Ammons

Louis Malon

Additional Information

For information regarding the Architectural Review Board, design guidelines, agenda scheduling, and/or submission requirements, please contact the Office of the Preservation Planner at 804-733-2314 or