CHC Duties & Purposes
Public Hearings & Commissions Historic Preservation    

The Cultural Heritage Commission was established by The City of Long Beach, Municipal Code 2.63.010 -2.63.101


(As) … the recognition, preservation, protection, and use of cultural resources are necessary to the health, property, social and cultural enrichment and general welfare of the people … the purpose of (The Cultural Heritage Commission) is:

  • To protect, enhance and perpetuate areas, districts, streets, places, buildings, structures, outdoor works of art, natural features and other similar objects which are reminders of past eras, and persons important in local, state or national history, or which provide significant examples of architectural styles of the past or are landmarks in the history of architecture, or which are unique and irreplaceable assets to the city and its neighborhoods, or which provide for this and future generations significant examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived

  • To develop and maintain appropriate settings and environments for these cultural resources

  • To enhance the economic and financial benefits to the city and its inhabitants by promoting the city’s tourist trade and interest and thereby stimulating business and industry

  • To intensify the visual and aesthetic character and diversity of the city and thus enhance its identity through the preservation of varied architectural styles which reflect the city’s cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history

  • To encourage public understanding and appreciation of the unique architectural and environmental heritage of the city through educational programs

  • To strengthen civic pride in the beauty and notable accomplishments of the city’s past, and thereby to encourage community involvement in the city’s future.

Powers & Duties (Municipal Code 2.63.040)

  • To recommend to the City Planning Commission that specific areas, places, buildings, structures, natural features, works of art or similar objects having a significant historical, cultural, architectural, archaeological, community or aesthetic value as part of the heritage of the city, be designated as a landmark, or landmark district; or . . .

  • . . . To review any proposed modifications to a designated landmark or any improvement within a designated landmark district, and to issue or deny a Certificate of Appropriateness thereon

  • To encourage public interest in cultural preservation in the city

  • To compile, maintain and update an informational local register of landmarks and historic districts and to publicize and periodically update the City's cultural resource survey

  • To advise and assist owners or prospective owners of designated or potential landmarks or structures in landmark districts on technical and financial aspects of preservation, renovation, rehabilitation, and reuse, and to establish standards and guidelines therefore:

  • . . . To review and comment for advisory purposes only upon the conduct of land use, housing, redevelopment, public works and other types of planning and programs undertaken by any agency of the City, county, state or nation, within the City of Long Beach, as they relate to the cultural heritage of the City

  • Upon authorization of the City Council, coordinate and cooperate with local, county, state and federal governments in pursuit of the Commission's purposes

  • Subject to the consent of City Council, recommend acceptance of the City gifts, grants and conservation easement donations consistent with the purposes for which the Commission was established

  • To make and adopt, and from time to time amend, rules and procedures governing the conduct of its business and provide for the administration of this chapter consistent with Chapter 2.18 of the Long Beach Municipal code

  • To assume whatever responsibility and duties may be assigned to it by the state under Certified Local Government provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended; and . . .

  • . . . To perform any other functions consistent with the purposes herein that may be directed by the City Council.

For more information, please see the Long Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 2.63.