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Historical Resources Board

The Historical Resources Board is the appointed body with authority over historical resources in the City of San Diego. Duties and responsibilities of the Board, as listed in PDF icon Section 111.0206 of the San Diego Municipal Code, include designating individual historical sites, establishing historical districts and reviewing development projects that may affect historical resources. The Board prepares an annual report of its activities and participates in many other voluntary historic preservation programs and events in the various communities of San Diego.


The Historical Resources Board is an advisory board made up of 11 members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council to administer the City's historical preservation program. Membership is required to represent the following disciplines: architecture, history, architectural history, archaeology and landscape architecture. Other disciplines that may be represented are law, real estate, engineering, general contracting, finance, planning or fine arts. Boardmembers should reflect diverse neighborhood representation and have demonstrated a special interest in historical preservation.

Meeting Information

Historical Resources Board meetings typically occur on the fourth Thursday of each month, unless changed due to holidays or for other reasons. The meetings are usually held in the North Terrace Rooms, City Concourse, 202 C Street., in downtown San Diego. Board agendas are posted 72 hours before the meeting. Persons may address the Board during the public comment section of the agenda on topics not listed on the agenda, or may address the Board during public testimony on each agenda action item. Speakers under public comment are generally limited to two minutes, whereas speakers on action items will usually have three minutes. For action items, one organized presentation on each side will usually have eight minutes. These times may be altered by the Chair of the Board.


The Historical Resources Board has standing subcommittees and may appoint ad hoc subcommittees or members to ad hoc subcommittees as needed. The active standing subcommittees are the Archaeological and Tribal Cultural Resources Subcommittee, Design Assistance Subcommittee and the Policy Subcommittee. Standing subcommittee agendas are posted 72 hours before the meeting.

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