The Baldwin County Commission was authorized to create the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission by Section 45-2-221, et seq., of the Code of Alabama 1975 (Act No. 80-497 as amended by Act No. 89-960.) The goal of the Baldwin County Development Commission is the preservation and protection of buildings of historic and architectural value in the historic and preservation districts of Baldwin County, and the maintenance of the distinctive character of these districts.
The Baldwin County Historic Development Commission's twelve members are appointed by the Baldwin County Commission for four-year terms and their responsibilities include awarding historic building markers. The Baldwin County Historic Commission meets monthly as determined by the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission and/or its Chairman.