The Office of Historic Resources in the Department of City Planning coordinates the City of Los Angeles’ historic preservation activities.
Until recently, the City of Los Angeles had a minimal historic preservation staff, and did not have in place all of the elements of a truly comprehensive municipal historic preservation program. The designation of individual landmarks (Historic-Cultural Monuments) was overseen by the City’s Cultural Affairs Department, and the administration of Los Angeles’ historic districts (Historic Preservation Overlay Zones) was staffed in the City Planning Department.
In 2004, the Cultural Heritage Commission and the two staff members of the Historic Preservation Division of the Cultural Affairs Department were moved to the Department of City Planning. In 2006, this function became the new Office of Historic Resources (OHR), which has now opened its doors with a staff of six, located on the sixth floor of historic Los Angeles City Hall. The Office of Historic Resources is also spearheading SurveyLA, the comprehensive Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey Project, to identify significant historic resources throughout Los Angeles.