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Historical Resources Board

COVID-19 Update: 

Until further notice, Historical Resources Board meetings will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of California Government Code section 54953(e), as amended by Assembly Bill 361which suspends certain requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act during a proclaimed state of emergency when measures to promote social distancing are in effect or the City has determined meeting in person would present imminent risks to the health or safety of attendees.  The Historical Resources Board will be using teleconferencing to provide the public an opportunity to address the Historical Resources Board via a call-in option or an internet-based service option.  On September 13, 2022, the San Diego City Council declared an existing proclaimed state of emergency and amended Assembly 361 and that their findings applies to all boards, commissions, and committees of the City of San Diego.


In lieu of in-person attendance, members of the public may participate and provide comment via telephone, using the Historical Resources Board webform, email submission or via U.S. Mail of written materials, as follows:


Public Comment Testimony During Historical Resources Board Meetings:
To offer public comment testimony during a Historical Resources Board meeting, you need to first join the Zoom Webinar meeting online from your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or Smartphone, or by calling into the meeting from your cellular phone or land line.
Meeting Webinar Link


To join by using:

  • iPhone one-tap

US: Dial 1-669-254-5252; or 1-669-216-1590; or 1-646-828-7666. When prompted, input

Webinar ID: 161 785 5117

  • Telephone

Dial 1-669-254-5252 or (Toll Free) 1-833-568-8864. When prompted, input Webinar ID: 161 785 5117


How to Speak to a Paticular Item or During Non-Agenda Public Comment:

In Person

Please fill out a speaker slip located at the entrance to the meeting room.  Indicate the item you wish to speak on as well as other requested information. Then submit it to the Chairperson at the box indicated near the speaker's lectern at the front of the room.


Virtual Platform

When the Chairperson introduces the item you would like to comment on (or indicates it is time for Non-Agenda Public Comment), raise your hand by either tapping the "Raise your Hand" button on your computer, tablet, or Smartphone, or by dialing *9 on your phone. You will be taken in the order in which you raise your hand. You may only speak once on a particular item.

When the Chairperson indicates it is your turn to speak, click the unmute prompt that will appear on your computer, tablet or Smartphone, or dial *6 on your phone.

  • Please note: Members of the public who wish to provide virtual testimony must enter the virtual queue by raising their hand before the queue closes.  The queue will close when the last virtual speaker finishes speaking or five minutes after in-person testimony ends, whichever happens first.  Those participating virtually may NOT cede time to others participating in person or virtually.

Providing Written Comment Through Webform

  1.  Comment on Agenda Items, Non-Agenda Public Comment may be submitted using the webform indicating the Comment type and item number (if relevant) for which you wish to submit your comment. Comments received by 11:00 AM the day of the meeting will be distributed to the Historical Resources Board and posted online with the meeting materials. All webform comments are limited to 200 words. Comments received after the deadlines described above but before the item is called will be submitted into the written record for the relevant item. Please go to the Historical Resources Board website for further instructions. 
  2.  Written Materials
    If you wish to submit written materials for submission into the record or have an attachment to your comment, you may submit via U.S. Mail to 1222 First Avenue, MS 501, San Diego, CA 92101.  Materials submitted via U.S. Mail will need to be received the business day prior for it to be distributed to the 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.

Historical Resource Board members are volunteers appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Board members are subject to the California Political Reform Act and the City's Ethics Ordinance and are required to file Statements of Economic Interest. They must disclose any conflicts of interest and recuse himself or herself from the meeting if necessary.

Historical Resource Board members are also subject to due process requirements and must conduct meetings in an impartial manner. Therefore, it is inappropriate to contact a Board member to discuss any item that will come before them in a meeting as an action item. If such contact occurs, the Board member may be subject to recusal from that item.

Meeting Information


Meetings typically occur on the fourth Thursday of each month at 1 p.m., unless changed due to holidays or for other reasons.


The public may view the meetings at their scheduled time on YouTube or within 24 to 48 hours of the meeting depending upon technical streaming issues.

Public Comment

Comments on Agenda and Non-Agenda Public Items

If you would like to comment on an agenda or non-agenda item, you can submit them using this webform.  The Historical Resources Board may not be able to review and consider late-arriving information thoroughly.  All comments are limited to 200 words. 


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.

Submitting Information

All information for Historical Resource Board consideration must be submitted to the Recording Secretary 10 calendar days prior to the meeting.

  1. Mail or Delivery: Must include 10 copies of the material.
    City of San Diego Historical Resources Board
    1222 First Ave, 5th floor
    San Diego, CA 92101
  2. Webform: submit using this webform
  3. At the Public Meeting: Must include 10 copies of the material. NOTE: If your project information is received at the meeting, the Historical Resources Board may not be able to review and consider your information thoroughly.


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: