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Helping San Diego Protect its History

You've come to the right place for learning more about the Historical Resources Board, the benefits and guidelines of historical preservation and more about San Diego history, historical sites, cultural landscapes and archaeological sites.

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HRB Meeting Dates for 2015 with Revised Meeting Locations

The 2015 Meeting Dates Memo has been revised to include the expected meeting location for each month, and includes a map showing the location of the North Terrace Rooms. Please bear in mind that the meeting locations could be subject to change, if there is an unanticipated, last-minute conflict; so always check the meeting agenda to verify the location.

New Submittal Requirements

New submittal requirements and processing procedures are now in effect. This informational handout describes the requirements, fees and process to nominate a resource for designation on the City’s Register of Historic Resources.

To schedule a submittal appointment, or for additional information about the program and process, please contact: (619) 235-5224 or

Mills Act Applications will be accepted between January 1st and March 31st, 2015

The Mills Act Application was intended to be prepared and submitted by the property owner. To avoid any additional costs or confusion, staff is available to help you through the application process and answer any questions you may have.

Please contact Jodie Brown at (619) 533-6300 or Shannon Anthony at (619) 533-6301. We look forward to hearing from you!

Historic Preservation Highlights

The City of San Diego is now using the California Historical Resources Inventory Database (CHRID) for the management of information related to the City’s historical resources. The home page for the San Diego CHRID is This database includes information about historical resources that have been designated or listed on the National Register and resources that have been identified as part of a community plan update historical survey. In addition, the Register of Historical Resources will be maintained and posted as a link on this page. We encourage the public’s use of this data. Please note it is not yet complete and may have errors.

If you have questions or find errors, please contact staff at

I own a property that is 45+ years old...

Is my property historical?

View the Guidelines for historical designation

My property has been designated a historical site ... Now what?

View the benefits & responsibilities for historical sites, cultural landscapes & archaeological sites.

Surveys and District Information Available Online

Tell Us About Potential Historic Resources in Your Community!