The City of Hartsville’s Historic Preservation Ordinance promotes the cultural, educational, economic and general welfare of the public by providing a mechanism for the identification, recognition, preservation, maintenance, protection and enhancement of old, historic and architecturally valuable structures, properties, districts and/or neighborhoods which serve as visible reminders of the cultural, economic, social, political and/or architectural history of the City of Hartsville.

The Architectural Review Board and City Council have identified a historic district that includes six noncontiguous properties. Five (5) of the six (6) districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  1. The Hartsville Museum
  2. The Hartsville Rail Passenger Station
  3. The Hart Cottage
  4. Lawton Park and Pavilion
  5. Coker Experimental Farms
  6. Kimbrell’s Building

Historic Preservation Resources

  • South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation (
  • National Park Service (

Historic Preservation Ordinance

Certificate of Appropriateness

If you propose to make modifications to a property that is designated as a local historic property you will need to follow the steps for obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) prior to pulling necessary permits and beginning work.

What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?

A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is an official document which certified that any exterior changes to a property located in a local historic district or a property designated as a local historic landmark are in keeping with the architectural review criteria established for each district or landmark. This requirement applies to all properties located within a local historic district, regardless of age or significance and to all local historic landmarks.


The requirement for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) applies to all properties, regardless of age or significant, that are located in a designated local historic district or designated as local historic landmarks.

A Certificate of Appropriateness is required regardless of whether the modification to the exterior or site is visible, and regardless of whether or not a building permit is required.