|Where can I find the applicable documents related to the City's Historic Preservation Ordinance?
The applicable documents can be found in the bottom left corner of this webpage.
|I'm selling my historic home. What can I tell potential buyers about being designated as a historic home?
The City has a one page glossy brochure that you can give to realtors and prospective homebuyers about the benefits and misconceptions of being on the Historic Resource Inventory.
|Do you have any other handouts that might answer some of my questions?
Yes, our Frequently Asked Questions Brochure includes information on the benefits of being on the City's Historic Resource Inventory and your ability to make changes to your historic building, for example. If you do not find the answer you are looking for, feel free to contact the Planning Department for more information.
|What is required if I want to make an exterior change to my Historic Building?
Any proposed changes to a designated historic resource inventory building (or any non-historic building) should be reviewed by the Planning Department. Just like any other building permit application, your project may also require review by the Building Official, the Community Development Director, the Planning Commission, or the City Council. Certain applications will also require review by the Historic Preservation Board.
|Do you have any guidance on making exterior changes to my Historic Residence?
The City has adopted Historic Design Guidelines to ensure that improvements and additions to historic residential buildings respect the historic qualities of older buildings and allow them to remain prominent elements in the community. Sensitive improvements and additions complement the scale, massing, and architectural character of historic buildings and conform to historically established building forms and setbacks of the neighborhood.
Please also refer to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the treatment of historic properties, including alterations and new additions to both residential and non-residential buildings.
|Do you have any additional resources or guidelines?
The Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines offer general design and technical recommendations to assist in applying the Standards to a specific property; Preservation Briefs which help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work; Preservation Technical Notes which provide practical information on traditional practices and innovative techniques for successfully maintaining and preserving cultural resources; and ITS Bulletins which assist building owners in applying the Standards to case-specific rehabilitation projects. For example, the preservation brief "Architectural Character" may help an owner or architect identify features or elements that give a building its visual and historic character. Other helpful links include: California Office of Historic Preservation California Preservation Foundation National Trust