Helping San Diego Protect its History
You are at the right place for learning more about the Historical Resources Board (HRB), the benefits and guidelines of historical preservation and more about San Diego history, historical sites, cultural landscapes and archeological sites.
Historic Preservation Program Structure
The City’s historic preservation program is cooperatively managed by the Planning Department, which is responsible for the City’s long-range planning efforts and the development of new ordinance and regulations; and the Development Services Department (DSD), which is responsible for implementing those policies and regulations through permitting and enforcement. Each department oversees different aspects of the City’s historic preservation program in accordance with their respective department mission. Staff in both departments work closely together, insuring coordination and consistency across the City’s historic preservation program.
The DSD’s Historical Resources section is responsible for:
- Review of projects impacting designated and potential historic resources;
- Designation of individually significant historic resources;
- The City’s Mills Act Program; and
- Staffing the City’s Historical Resources Board and its subcommittees.
The Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Planning section is responsible for:
- Development of long-range planning policies and implementing regulations;
- Development of new historic contexts and surveys; and
- Designation of new historic districts.
For information on these aspects of the City’s program, please refer to the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Planning webpage.
Historical Resources Board and Subcommittee Meeting Dates
The 2023 Meeting Dates Memo lists all Historical Resources Board and Subcommittee meeting dates and locations for the 2023 calendar year.
Historic Nomination Process and Appointment Information
The Historic Resource Nomination Process 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 send us an email.
Historic Preservation Highlights
The City is now using the California Historical Resources Inventory Database (CHRID) for the management of information related to its historic resources. This database includes information about historic resources that have been designated or listed in the National Register and resources that have been identified as part of a community plan update historical survey. We encourage the public's use of this data. If you have questions or find errors, please send us an email.