Lancaster | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Lancaster does not currently have a historic preservation ordinance.

While no citywide survey has yet been completed, two portions of the city have been surveyed for historic architectural resources. The “North Downtown Neighborhood Vision Plan” contains a 2003 historic resources survey conducted through the environmental review process, which identified 81 potential cultural resources built through 1956. The “Downtown Lancaster Specific Plan,” adopted in 2008, contains a history resource survey of 98 potential cultural resources built through 1960.

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): 
2003; 2008
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 Lancaster, 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:

Brian Ludicke
Planning Director
(661) 723-6079
Please let us know if this information is out of date.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.

Other than the document linked at left, we don't know of any community-specific resources for local preservation in Lancaster. If you do, please let us know.

For general information about using the California Environmental Quality Act to protect historic places in your community, you can download our Guide to CEQA in English or Spanish.

For other resources, including a model ordinance and glossary of basic preservation terms, please see the Resources tab on our Report Card microsite.