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Planning Division
601 E. Main St.
Johnson City, TN 37601

Matthew Young
myoung@johnsoncitytn.org
(423) 434-6073

Historic Zoning

Historic Zoning is designed to protect and preserve areas of historic and architectural importance. It is an overlay zone, applied in addition to the base zone of an area.

Historic Zoning protects an area

  • from alterations to existing structures which would lessen their architectural importance and value; new construction not in character with the district; and the loss of architecturally or historically important buildings;

  • by requiring that plans for alterations, new construction, and demolition are approved by the Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission (HZC).


Historic Zoning Commission

The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission (HZC) is composed of seven citizens who represent the disciplines of architecture, history, the Planning Commission and the community in general. The HZC reviews all requests for the establishment of Historic Districts and processes applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for: 1) changes in external appearance of existing structures; 2) design of new structures and additions; and 3) for demolition of existing structures within established Historic Districts.

The HZC meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building. Click here to view agendas and minutes of each meeting as well as a list of current members.