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Historic Preservation Commission


The commission consists of five members appointed by the City Council and one ex-officio representative of the Planning Commission. All members are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Members normally serve four-year terms and must be residents of Carlsbad. All regular members must have knowledge of and a demonstrated interest in historic preservation and local history. Members of the commission have the following qualifications:

  • Three members, each of whom has a different recognized expertise or interest in architecture, archaeology, history, biology, engineering or geology
  • Two members who have an interest in local history and serve at large from the community

Take a tour of historic sites in Carlsbad.

See the winners of Drawing on Carlsbad's Past - Historic Art 2020.

Meeting Times & Locations

Regular meetings are held the second Monday of each odd numbered month at 4 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008. 

Meetings will be held virtually until further notice. 

Watch the meeting via livestream.

2021 Regular Meeting Calendar

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The commission advises the City Council and Planning Commission in all matters relating to the identification, protection, retention and preservation of historic areas and sites within the city. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Recommending the designation of historic landmarks or historic districts
  • Maintaining an historic resources inventory
  • Rendering advice and guidance, upon the request of the property owner or occupant, on the restoration, alteration, decoration, landscaping or maintenance of any historical area or site
  • Conducting programs to educate local residents regarding historic places, structures or events

Contact Us

Suzanne Smithson
Library & Cultural Arts Director
Georgina Cole Library
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008