Historic Preservation Commission

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About the Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is a seven-member body advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on San Francisco's historic preservation goals, policies and programs. All members are nominated by the Mayor and subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors.

The Commission advises the Mayor, Board of Supervisors and City departments on San Francisco’s historic preservation goals, policies and programs. It recommends buildings and places that are historically or culturally significant to the heritage of San Francisco for designation by the Board of Supervisors. Once designated, the commission helps regulate those resources during the permit review and entitlement process to protect our heritage while ensuring that preservation is used as a tool to promote growth, revitalization, and the appreciation of our diverse neighborhoods.

It reviews and approves applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for alterations, site improvements, and new construction affecting San Francisco's designated landmarks, buildings, and sites within historic districts. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and other City agencies concerning amendments to Articles 10 and 11 of the Planning Code. The Commission also has the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) to discuss complex design issues.

Formally called the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board (LPAB), the commission was a once a nine-member body appointed by the Mayor, and served as an advisory board to the Planning Department and the Planning Commission from 1967 - 2008. With the adoption of Proposition J in 2008, the City Charter was amended to dissolve the LPAB and establish the Historic Preservation Commission.

The Architectural Review Committee

The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) is a three-member sub-committee of the Historic Preservation Commission that is generally available to meet on the first and third Wednesday of every month or on an as-needed basis when complex design issues require discussion prior to approval of a project. The ARC forwards a copy of its advice and recommendations to the full HPC at a subsequent hearing.

  • Kate Black
  • Jonathan Pearlman
  • Lydia So

Commissioners

Aaron Jon Hyland, AIA, NCARB
President, SEAT 1 Historic Architect
Historic Preservation Commission
Kate Black
Commissioner, SEAT 6 Real Estate Professional
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Chris Foley
Commissioner, SEAT 5, Preservation Professional
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Lydia So
Commissioner, SEAT 2, Historic Architect
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Planning Department Staff Contacts