Burbank | Los Angeles Conservancy
Magnolia Boulevard by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Burbank has transformed its approach to historic preservation by making significant improvements to its program since 2009.

The city completed a citywide survey and historic context statement in that year, adopted the popular Mills Act program in 2010, and has begun to designate local landmarks.

The city updated its historic resource management ordinance in 2011, with notable amendments including the ability to designate local historic districts.

The city has further demonstrated its commitment to historic preservation through public education and outreach via the web. Like a growing number of communities, Burbank has a dedicated webpage for its historic preservation program that includes links to its historic context report and preservation plan. To engage the next generation, Burbank has also developed a kid’s section on its website.

The scoring details for this community appear below. To see scores for all communities, compare specific communities and categories, and learn more about the Report Card, visit our Report Card microsite.

Category (points available)
Total Score (out of a possible 245, plus Extra Credit): 
Historic Preservation Ordinance (150) / Honorary Ordinance (10): 
Dedicated Historic Preservation Commission (5): 
Dedicated Preservation Staff (15): 
Ability to Designate Historic Districts (15): 
Active Landmark Designation (at least annually) (5): 
Survey of Historic Resources: Citywide (15) / Partial (10): 
Survey Updated Within Past 5 Years (5): 
Mills Act Incentive Program (10): 
Additional Incentives (5): 
Certified Local Government (5): 
Historic Preservation Element or Plan (5): 
Extra Credit (1-25): 

If you'd like to get involved in preservation in Burbank, we suggest the following resources:

City Representative

Christina Michaelis
Assistant Planner
(818) 238-5250

Local Groups

Preserve Burbank

Burbank Historical Society

If any of this information is out of date, or to suggest additional ways to get involved, please contact us at info@laconservancy.org or (213) 623-2489.

Most of the following resources are specific to Burbank. For general resources about historic preservation at the local level, please visit our Report Card microsite.

Historic Preservation Ordinance

Designated Local Landmarks

Mills Act Application Process

Landmark Designation Process

Guide to CEQA (Conservancy website)

If any of these links are broken or incorrect, or if you would like to suggest other resources for preservation in Burbank, please let us know by emailing info@laconservancy.org. Thank you.