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Historic Resource Design Guidelines

The Historic Resource Guidelines assist property owners, developers, architects and contractors in designing a project that will be appropriate, compatible and beneficial to the City’s historic resources and historic districts. The guidelines were accepted by the HLC on November 2015 and are now pending City Council Acceptance.

  • Historic Resource Guidelines
  • The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a State program that protects historic structures and sites. Both CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines provide direction as to the assessment and protection of historic resources. The City of Santa Barbara is the local lead agency that enforces CEQA. The City of Santa Barbara developed guidelines for Archaeological Resources and Historic Structures and Sites in order to meet the CEQA standards. The program is run through California State Preservation Office.
  • California State Preservation Office

On a Federal level, the protection and enhancement of historic resources is operated by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. The Secretary of the Interior established standards for the treatment of historic properties that are the basis of Santa Barbara’s Historic Resource Guidelines and the Master Environmental Assessment, Guidelines for Archaeological Resources and Historic Structures and Sites. For in-depth recommendations on restoration of materials, the Secretary of the Interior has published 47 “preservation briefs” to help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to starting a project. Staff will often refer to these briefs to ensure that proper restoration treatments are being utilized. Please refer to these briefs to help you plan a restoration project.

Glossary of Historic Preservation Terms

Links to other Historic Preservation Resources

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2021
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