Commerce | Los Angeles Conservancy
Citadel Outlets in Commerce. Photo by prayitno on Flickr.

The industrial city of Commerce adopted a historic preservation ordinance in 1982 that allows for the designation of local landmarks and historic districts.  However, the City has not been active in the use of the ordinance and has designated only a handful of landmarks many years ago.  These include the Citadel/former Samson Tire Factory.

The City has not established a dedicated historic preservation commission, however, and the Planning Commission would serve that duty.

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): 
The city's Planning Commission sits as the Cultural Resource Management Commission.
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 Commerce, we suggest contacting the following representative to express your interest and ask about opportunities -- particularly in helping to create a preservation ordinance if the city doesn't have one:

Matt Marquez
City Planner
(323) 722-2349

Please let us know if this information is out of date.

The Conservancy isn't aware of a local preservation group or historical society for this community. If you know of one, please let us know.

You can reach us during regular business hours at or (213) 623-2489.

The first resource listed below is specific to Commerce. For general resources related to local preservation and our Preservation Report Card, please visit our Report Card microsite.

Historic Preservation Ordinance

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 Commerce, please let us know by emailing