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Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is a cultural resource?
A cultural resource is a property that is designated or has been determined eligible for designation in accordance with local, state, and federal criteria, as defined in Title 20 (Cultural Resources Ordinance) of the Riverside Municipal code. As a general rule, cultural resources are fifty years of age or older.
What are the City's Historic Landmarks?
Riverside currently has 110 designated landmarks which are briefly described in the Landmarks Brochure. More detailed information is available through the historic resources database.
What are the City's Historic Districts?
Riverside currently has 11 designated districts which are described in the Districts Brochure. More detailed information is available through the historic resources database.
How Do I know if my property is a cultural resource?
Please contact our Historic Preservation Specialist, at the top of our page to find out if your property qualifies as a cultural resource before planning any exterior alterations, repairs, additions, and the like. This also applies to any planned new construction that may be within a historic district.
What if my property qualifies as a cultural resource?
If your house is designated or eligible for designation, all exterior alterations, additions, repairs and the like require a Certificate of Appropriateness application that must be reviewed by the Cultural Heritage Board and/or staff of the Planning Department. This includes alterations that do not require building permits.
How does the City gather information on cultural resources?
The City obtains information on cultural resources by conducting surveys. The survey process is described in the link below.
How do I research the history of my property?
The major locations to complete research on a historic property in Riverside are the Planning Department, Riverside Public Library, and the Riverside Municipal Museum. Collections and contact information are available in the Guide to Historic Property Research.
Is my property designated?
The City maintains a list of properties that are designated or eligible for designation according to local, state and federal criteria. This includes City landmarks and historic districts, County and State landmarks, and properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. You can find out if your property is designated by contacting our Historic Preservation Specialist (see below) or by accessing the Historic Resources Inventory Database online.
How do I designate my property?
A complete application packet for Designating Historic Resources is available on this web page. You may also contact our Historic Preservation Specialist in the Planning Department for additional information.
What are the benefits of designating my property?
This City provides a number of incentives for owners of designated historic properties. These are detailed in the Preservation Incentives section of this web page.
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