Architectural Review Board

The Fredericksburg City Council has adopted a historic preservation ordinance to maintain the unique character of downtown Fredericksburg. The purpose of the Architectural Review Board is to maintain the historic and architectural integrity of designated historic areas.


  • Twice monthly
    • Second Monday of each month for public hearing at 7:00 p.m.
      • PLEASE NOTE, the September meeting has been moved to the 3rd Monday - September 20, 2021
    • Fourth Monday of each month (as needed) at 7:00 p.m.
  • Council Chambers
    City Hall
    715 Princess Anne St.
    Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Electronically:  

Agendas & Minutes

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

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Architectural Review Board Meeting Streaming

Live streaming available during meetings and archived meeting videos are also available. View Meeting Stream


The Architectural Review Board is a panel of seven knowledgeable citizens appointed by the City Council to review submitted applications.

  • Jonathan Gerlach, 2nd Term: 01/01/2021 - 12/31/2024
  • Sabina Weitzman, 2nd Term: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2021
  • Helen Ross, 1st Term: 01/01/2021 -12/31/2024
  • Karen Irvin, Vice Chair, 1st Term: 1/1/2018-12/31/2021
  • James Whitman, 1st Term: 01/1/2018 -12/31/2021
  • Adriana Moss, 1st Term: 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2023
  • Laura Galke, 1st Term 05/10/2021-12/23/2024


The Historic District Ordinance requires that property owners within the district obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Architectural Review Board before adding on or making exterior alterations to their buildings or for any new construction in the district. A certificate is also required for any signs.

Applications are submitted to the Community Planning and Building Department. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Filing deadlines are established to allow sufficient time to process applications and comply with public notification requirements. Public notices will appear in The Free Lance-Star.