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  • Historic Preservation Documents and Applications

    Below is a list of information packets and application forms related to the city’s  historic preservation program.  Documents related to specific properties or districts (such as National Register nominations, Historic Context Reports and Landmark District Conservation Plans) can be accessed from our database


    Historic Preservation Documents and Applications
    Document Description
    Historic Preservation Brochure This brochure has general information about the city’s historic preservation program including types of official historic designation, a map of historic and landmark districts, processes for designating historic resources and for reviewing demolition of and alterations to historic resources, and incentives that apply to designated historic resources.
    Master Application form  Complete this application form for all applications including: The underlined applications above also require submittal of a supplemental application form - click on the name of the application to download the supplemental application.
    Certificate of Appropriateness review packet  This packet has detailed information about the process for applications for Certificate of Appropriateness, including application submittal requirements.   
    Design Guidelines for Historic Districts  Applications for Certificate of Appropriateness affecting properties in landmark & historic districts are evaluated using these guidelines, which are based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. 
    Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation & Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings  All applications for Certificate of Appropriateness are evaluated using these guidelines and standards.  Properties in landmark & historic district are also evaluated using the city's Design Guidelines for Historic Districts.
    Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings   New guidance from the National Park Service about improving the sustainability of historic buildings.
    Appeal Application  Complete this application to appeal a decision made by city staff or the Historic Preservation Commission to a higher authority
    Historic Property Contract/Mills Act guidelines and application   This packet has the guidelines and application forms for the city’s property tax reduction program for designated historic properties (commonly known as the Mills Act).  
    List of all designated historic properties & districts  This chart is a comprehensive list of all designated historic properties in Pasadena.  Use our interactive database of designated and surveyed historic properties for more interactive search capabilities. 
    Historic Context Reports  Use our interactive database to view or download historic context reports including: 
    • Citywide Historic Context & Property Type Report (the city's first context report)
    • Residential Architecture of the Arts & Crafts Movement (1895-1918)
    • Bungalow Courts (1909-1944)
    • Cultural Resources of the Recent Past (1935-1965)
    • Residential Period Revival Architecture (1915-1942)
    • Ethnic History (1874-1950)
    • Early Automobile-oriented Properties (1895-1944)
    • Residential Architecture from 1883-1994 (1883-1904)
    In the "Search by Context" portion of the screen, select the context you wish to view/download from the pull-down menu and click "Open Context".
    Map of Pasadena Annexations

    Animation of Pasadena's Growth 

    This map and video shows the names and dates of all of the annexations that have occurred since the City was founded in 1886. 
    House relocation information packet  This packet has detailed information about the process to relocate a building in Pasadena
    Archival Photo Documentation Specifications  This document lists the specifications for submittal of archival photographs to the city.

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