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Historic Preservation Commission

Powers and Duties: Monterey City Code, Ch. 2 Art. 7

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Working to Preserve the City's Diverse Past

Monterey’s heritage is rich with resources. We have artifacts and remnants that reveal stories of other times and other eras: 
  • The Native Americans who first settled here.
  • The Spanish and Mexicans who once governed the area.
  • The transition from Alta California to statehood.
  • Cannery Row when sardine was king.
The Historic Preservation Commission is the steward of Monterey's heritage.

What is the purpose of the HPC?
The Commission oversees restoration of the City’s historic structures and recommends policies to the City Council. In addition, the Commission is leading the way in revising the City’s historic preservation ordinance and developing programs to encourage property owners of 19th- and 20th-century buildings to designate their structure as historic.

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Agendas are posted outside of the Council Chamber 72 hours prior to meetings. Attachments including agenda reports, written comments and letters are not posted outside the Council Chamber with the Agenda, however, they can be viewed online at or in person at the Planning Office in the lower level of Colton Hall, at the corner of Pacific and Madison streets.

For more information about HPC please call the Planning Office at (831) 646-3885, or visit

The HPC meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 4 p.m., plus occasional field trips.
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