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Historic-Cultural Monuments

The City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Ordinance, enacted in 1962, has made possible the designation of buildings and sites as individual local landmarks, called “Historic-Cultural Monuments” in Los Angeles. The City currently has over 1,000 Historic-Cultural Monuments, providing official recognition and protection for Los Angeles’ most significant and cherished historic resources.

The five-member Cultural Heritage Commission is the mayoral-appointed body that oversees the designation and protection of local landmarks. The Office of Historic Resources provides staff support to the Commission.

In this section, you can learn more about the City’s Cultural Heritage Ordinance and the Cultural Heritage Commission. You will also find links to Commission agendas, the City’s Cultural Heritage Ordinance, and the Historic-Cultural Monument application form. This section also explains what makes a resource historically significant, outlines the historic designation process, and describes the impacts and benefits of Historic-Cultural Monument designation.