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Historic Landmarks Commission

In 1959, the California State Legislature passed a bill enabling local communities to provide for historic districts and landmarks and regulate their protection and enhancement. The bill inspired the passage of a resolution in September 1959, which created El Pueblo Viejo (The Old Town) historic district in the downtown and waterfront areas.

In March 1960, El Pueblo Viejo was further strengthened with City Council's adoption of an ordinance formally establishing the district and its styles of architecture and prohibiting the demolition of any adobe structure in the district.

The Landmarks Committee was formed in May 1960 to ensure that El Pueblo Viejo would retain its unique early-California Spanish character and atmosphere through careful City planning and development. Its boundaries have been amended over the years.

A new historic structures ordinance was adopted in May 1977. It formally established the Committee's powers and duties. A Charter Amendment approved by the voters in November 1993 established the Historic Landmarks Commission with authority within landmark districts and for designated landmarks among other entities.

The Landmarks Committee first took inventory of the historic, public and private structures having architectural significance in 1961. In 1978, a comprehensive survey of the City's architectural and historic resources was initiated with grants obtained from the State.

Learn more about both the Architectural Board of Review and the Historic Landmarks Commission.

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General Functions

  • Recommend to the City Council that certain structures, natural features, sites or areas having historic, architectural, archaeological, cultural or aesthetic significance be designated as a Landmark;
  • Designate certain structures or objects having historic, architectural, archaeological, cultural or aesthetic significance as Structures of Merit;
  • Review and approve, disapprove, or approve with conditions, plans for exterior alteration, demolition, relocation, moving, or construction of or on (1) any structures or real property within El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District, (2) any structures or real property within any designated Landmark District, (3) any additional property authorized by action of the City Council; (4) a designated Landmark. The area described in Section 22.22.100 of the Santa Barbara Municipal Code as it exists at the time of this amendment shall comprise El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District. Its boundaries may be expanded by the City Council through the adoption of appropriate ordinances. Any applicant may appeal in writing to the City Council from any action or decision of the Historic Landmarks Commission, whereupon the City Council may approve, conditionally approve or disapprove such application and the decision of the City Council shall be final. Any structure, natural feature, site or area owned or leased by any public entity shall not be subject to the provisions of this Section with the exception of those owned or leased by the City unless the City Council determines in its discretion that such review is unnecessary;
  • Perform such other functions or duties, not inconsistent with the City Charter, as may be prescribed by ordinance.    
    Committee Functions
    Membership Nine Members
    Qualifications All members shall have demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the history and architecture of the City.
    1. Five members must be qualified electors of the City.
    2. At least two members must be licensed architects.
    3. At least one member must be a professional architectural historian.
    4. At least one member must be a licensed landscape architect.
    5. The remaining members may represent the public at large.
    Length of Term Four years and until successors are appointed. Staggered terms expire on December 31 of the appropriate year.
    Meeting Schedule The Historic Landmarks Commission meets every other Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the David Gebhard Public Meeting Room, 630 Garden Street. The Consent Agenda is reviewed at 11:00 a.m. on the same day that the full board meeting occurs.
    Time Involved Approximately 8 – 10 hours per month for meetings and related activities
    Financial Disclosure Requirement Members must file a Statement of Economic Interests upon appointment, annually and when leaving the advisory group.
     AB 1234 Ethics Requirement Assembly Bill (AB) 1234 requires this commission to complete AB 1234 Ethics Training no later than one year after the first day of service and then the training course must be completed once every two years thereafter. 
    Compensation $50 per full commission meeting attended and $25 for each Consent Calendar meeting completed.            
    Staff Planning Division, Community Development Department, (805) 564-5470
    Reference City Charter Sections 800 - 805, 814, and 817; Municipal Code Chapter 22.22; July 3, 2007, Council meeting, Item No. 19, Page 3, Budget/Financial Information; Resolution Nos. 06-084, 98-042, 95-066, 91-028 and 79-093.

Public Notices

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April 20 2016 320 E Carrillo St.pdf
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April 20 2016 1601 State St.pdf
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April 20 2016 1032 Santa Barbara St and 208 E Figueroa St.pdf
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April 6 2016 28 W Figueroa St.pdf
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March 23 2016 32-36 W Carrillo St.pdf
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March 9 2016 Various Locations.pdf
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March 9 2016 2121 232 Natoma Ave.pdf
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February 24 2016 2121 Garden St-33 E Sola St-33 E Micheltorena St.pdf
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January 27 2016 Citywide.pdf
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January 27 2016 523 W Figueroa.pdf
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Current Agenda

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April 20 2016 Consent Agenda.pdf
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April 20 2016 Agenda.pdf
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April 6 2016 Consent Agenda.pdf
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April 6 2016 Agenda.pdf
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March 23 2016 Consent Agenda.pdf
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March 23 2016 Agenda.pdf
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March 9 2016 Consent Agenda.pdf
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March 9 2016 Agenda.pdf
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February 24 2016 Designations Subcommittee Meeting Notice.pdf
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February 24 2016 Consent Agenda.pdf
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February 24 2016 Agenda.pdf
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February 10 2016 Consent Agenda.pdf
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February 10 2016 Agenda Revised.pdf
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January 27 2016 Consent Agenda.pdf
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January 27 2016 Agenda.pdf
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January 13 2016 Consent Agenda.pdf
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January 13 2016 Agenda.pdf
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Staff Reports

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January 27 2016 33 E Sola St Resolution of Intent.pdf
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January 27 2016 33 E Micheltorena St Resolution of Intent.pdf
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January 27 2016 2121 Garden St Resolution of Intent.pdf
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March 9 2016 525 W Junipero St Staff Memo.pdf
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March 9 2016 519 W Junipero St Staff Memo.pdf
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March 9 2016 3135 Calle Mariposa Staff Memo.pdf
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Historic Structures - Sites Reports

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April 20 2016 Item 3 314 W Ortega St HSSR final March 2016.pdf
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April 6 2016 Item 2 1130 State St HSSR Ltr Rpt 3-17-16.pdf
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March 23 2016 Item 7 (b) 2559 Puesta del Sol Site Plan.pdf
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March 23 2016 Item 7 (b) 2559 Puesta del Sol Arborist Field Report 2-28-16.pdf
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March 23 2016 Item 7 (b) 2559 Puesta del Sol Applicant Traffic Engineering Letter 3-17-16.pdf
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March 23 2016 Item 7 (a) 2559 Puesta del Sol Ph 2 HSSR Ltr Report REVISED 3-8-16.pdf
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March 23 2016 Item 6 530 Chapala St HSSR Letter Addendum 3-15-16.pdf
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March 23 2016 Item 5 1118 E Cabrillo Blvd HSSR Letter Addendum 2-17-16.pdf
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March 23 2016 Item 3 (b) 2559 Puesta del Sol Signage Program Inventory 3-23-16.pdf
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March 23 2016 Item 3 (b) 2559 Puesta del Sol Signage Program.pdf
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March 23 2016 Item 3 (b) 2559 Puesta del Sol Signage Locations Plan.pdf
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March 23 2016 Item 3 (b) 2559 Puesta del Sol Signage Exceptions Request.pdf
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March 23 2016 Item 3 (a) 2559 Puesta del Sol Signage Review Letter 3-1-16.pdf
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February 24 2016 2559 Puesta del Sol Ph 2 HSSR Ltr Report 1-14-16 REVISED 2-11-16.pdf
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February 10 2016 610-612 and 618 Castillo St Ph 1 HSSR Revised.pdf
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January 27 2016 700 Blk State St Applicant Letter.pdf
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January 27 2016 600 Blk Anapamu St HRER 9-2015 Memo.pdf
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January 27 2016 600 Blk Anapamu St HRER 9-2015.pdf
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January 27 2016 2559 Puesta del Sol Ph 2 HSSR Ltr Report AppA 3 Lighting Plans.pdf
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January 27 2016 2559 Puesta del Sol Ph 2 HSSR Ltr Report AppA 2 Architectural Plans.pdf
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January 27 2016 2559 Puesta del Sol Ph 2 HSSR Ltr Report AppA 1 Landscape Plans NEW L1.5.pdf
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January 27 2016 2559 Puesta del Sol Ph 2 HSSR Ltr Report AppA 1 Landscape Plans.pdf
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January 27 2016 2559 Puesta del Sol Ph 2 HSSR Ltr Report 1-14-16.pdf
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2559 Puesta del Sol Ph 2 HSSR 04-09-14.pdf
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Minutes

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April 6 2016 Minutes.pdf
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April 6 2016 Consent Minutes.pdf
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March 23 2016 Minutes.pdf
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March 23 2016 Consent Minutes.pdf
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March 9 2016 Minutes.pdf
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March 9 2016 Consent Minutes.pdf
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February 24 2016 Minutes.pdf
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February 24 2016 Consent Minutes.pdf
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February 10 2016 Minutes.pdf
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February 10 2016 Consent Minutes.pdf
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January 27 2016 Minutes.pdf
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January 27 2016 Consent Minutes.pdf
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January 13 2016 Minutes.pdf
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January 13 2016 Consent Minutes.pdf
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Last Updated: Apr 4, 2016