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.
    • Fourth Monday of each month (as needed) at 7:00 p.m.
  • Council Chambers
    City Hall
    715 Princess Anne St.
    Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Agendas & Minutes

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

Most Recent Agenda | View All Agendas and Minutes | Public Notices


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

  • Jonathan Gerlach, Chair 1st Term: 2/14/2017 - 12/31/2020
  • Sabina Weitzman, Vice-Chair 2nd Term: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2021
  • Susan Pates 2nd Term: 1/1/2017 -12/31/2020
  • Karen Irvin 1st Term: 1/1/2018-12/31/2021
  • James Whitman 1st Term: 01/1/2018 -12/31/2021
  • Kerri Barile 2nd Term: 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2019
  • Carthon Davis, III 1st Term: 01/1/2018 - 12/31/2021


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.