Historic Resources

What is Historic Preservation?

Historic preservation helps residents maintain a tangible connection to San Mateo’s past. Efforts to safeguard and carefully adapt the City’s historic resources can enhance the community’s economic, cultural, and environmental character and support a strong sense of place and identity. A historic resource generally:

  • Is a building, structure, object, site, landscape, or a grouping of these types of properties (known as a historic district) that is significant in history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture;
  • Is more than 50 years old;
  • Is eligible for listing in a local, state, or national historic register based on their association with significant historic events, individuals, or architectural design or construction techniques.

Local Policies/Requirements:

Federal and State Policies/Requirements:

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California Register – How to Nominate a Resource to the California Register

Historical Resources Workshop Details

The City of San Mateo conducted an informational workshop via zoom regarding historic resources on February 1, 2024. This meeting provided an opportunity to clarify how a building or district is designated as historic, what protections are afforded to historic resources, how historic resources can be modified, and how the community can become involved in next steps of the City’s related policy work. This virtual meeting was moderated by a neutral facilitator and included a presentation by the City’s historic resources consultant, Architectural Resources Group, followed by a question-and-answer period. Please see the following materials that were shared at the meeting.

Have questions?

Please contact the Community Development Department, Planning Division by email planning@cityofsanmateo.org or by phone (650) 522-7211.