The Historic District Board of Review (HDBR) was created in 1973 with the purpose "to provide for the protection of historic buildings, structures, appurtenances, and places that are of basic and vital importance" to the City of Savannah. It is composed of 11 volunteer city residents who are appointed by the Mayor and Aldermen. Their primary focus is to review and issue Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) within the local Downtown Savannah Historic District.
The HDBR meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 1pm in the Arthur A. Mendonsa Hearing room at 112 E State St. The meetings are open and the public is welcome to attend and comment.