How is a landmark designated?

The normal process whereby a landmark is designated is as follows:

  1. An owner may submit a request for designation directly to the City, or the City Council may refer a designation recommendation to the Cultural Heritage Commission.
  2. To submit a request, an owner prepares or hires someone to prepare a historical report regarding the significance of a landmark and submits the necessary application to the Planning Department.
  3. Staff presents a recommendation regarding the designation to the Cultural Heritage Commission.
  4. The Commission reviews the significance of the landmark and makes a recommendation as to whether or not designation is appropriate and warranted.
  5. The Commission's recommendation is reviewed and considered by the City Council.
  6. If found significant, the City Council adopts a resolution to officially designate the landmark.

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1. Can City funds be provided to rehabilitate or maintain designated landmarks?
2. How can you provide further assistance to the City's preservation efforts?
3. How is a landmark designated?
4. May a landmark be sold or leased without City approval?
5. What are the basic categories of designation for cultural resources?
6. What benefits does landmark designation have?
7. Why designate landmarks?