The City of Lavonia recognized the importance of historic preservation in the early 1980â€™s when the Chamber of Commerce initiated efforts to designate three residential and one commercial district in the National Register of Historic Places. Receiving the Better Hometown Community designation in 1999 helped to renew the preservation concerns of the community. By gaining certification as a Certified Local Government, by enacting a Historic Preservation Ordinance on June 7th, 1999, and by adding an updated sign ordinance on May 3rd, 2003, City leaders took steps to insure that our children would have the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the same treasures and cultures as our forefathers.
Local designations require property owners within the local historic district who are planning any changes to the exterior appearance of the property, site, or structure go through the process of design review before being granted a building permit by the City of Lavonia. A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is issued by the Lavonia Historic Preservation Commission to property owners whose changes meet design guideline.