Beverly Hills Enacts A Historic Preservation Ordinance

In what City Councilwoman Lili Bosse called a “one of the most important nights in Beverly Hills history,” the Beverly Hills City Council enacted a Historic Preservation Ordinance on January 24, 2012. The passage of the Historic Preservation Ordinance marks the second effort that the City of Beverly Hills has made this month to preserve historic structures, as the Historic Preservation Ordinance’s January 24, 2012 passage follows the City’s adoption of a Mills Act pilot program on January 1, 2012.

The purpose of the Historic Preservation Ordinance is to encourage the preservation of City properties that contribute to the City’s cultural history. The Historic Preservation Ordinance promotes this goal by establishing a Cultural Heritage Commission, a Local Register of Historic Resources and, potentially, historic districts in which 70% or more of the properties have historic significance.

The Historic Preservation Ordinance also establishes a procedure through which certain structures may be designated as City landmarks. For a building to become a City landmark, it must be 45 years old or a property of “exceptional significance.” The building must also be important to the City’s history, a historical figure, or an architectural movement. To be a City landmark, the structure must also maintain its integrity from the period of significance and add historic value to the City.

Under the Historic Preservation Ordinance, the City Council has the authority to offer incentives to property owners who designate, maintain, preserve, rehabilitate, and improve City landmarks, historic districts, and contributing properties.

We are excited to be working with the residents and the City of Beverly Hills in regard to this new ordinance.

To read more about Beverly Hills’ Historic Preservation Ordinance, please click on the link below: