Mobile Architectural Review Board

The Architectural Review Board oversees the work within the locally-recognized Mobile’s Historic Districts. Any exterior work done within the City’s locally designated districts must be pre-approved by the Board.

Its eleven volunteer members are appointed by the Mobile City Council with input from the Mobile Historic Development Commission, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Historic Mobile Preservation Society.

In 2008, the Mobile City Council reorganized the board by removing the six at-large members who recommended by the Mobile Historic Development Commission, replaced with eight new positions – one representative from the historic commission and seven from each of the city’s seven historic districts. The reorganization came after a handful of high-profile complaints about its rulings.

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