It is a goal of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea to promote the identification and preservation of historic resources that represent the unique architectural, cultural, historic, and prehistoric identity of the City. The City maintains a Historic Context Statement that, along with the Historic Preservation Ordinance, provides a framework for identifying historic resources and determining their relative significance. The City also maintains an Inventory of Historic Resources that includes all properties that have been identified as historically significant to date.
Historic Review Process
Step 1: Determining Eligibility
All projects that involve exterior alterations (i.e. siding, windows, new additions, etc.) require an evaluation of the property’s historic status prior to any development review. Eligibility criteria are established in the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. For those properties not found to qualify as historically significant, a written statement is prepared by the City called a “Determination of Ineligibility.”
Step 2: Design Review
Projects involving properties that are listed on the Inventory of Historic Resources require review by the City’s Historic Preservation Consultant and approval by the Historic Resources Board. All projects must be found to be consistent with the with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards in addition to other City regulations.