Resources for Neighborhood Advocates | Los Angeles Conservancy
2016 L.A. Historic Neighborhoods Conference. Photos by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Neighborhood conservation is ultimately about people and the places that matter to them. Whether you're a seasoned advocate or just getting your feet wet, here's how you can make a difference in your community.

Please note that this list is just a sampling of ways that you can get involved. If you have specific questions about your neighborhood, email us at  

Local Representation Matters

Los Angeles' City Council is responsible for land use decisions citywide, with input from the City Planning Commission and other review boards. Knowing your Councilmember and his or her staff is essential to making your voice heard when new projects and plans are proposed for your neighborhood.

Find your Council District and contact information here >> 

The city's ninety-six Neighborhood Councils empower Angelenos to make a difference in our communities. If you are looking to take your civic participation to the next level, consider becoming a board member. Neighborhood Council meetings are also a great way to learn more about upcoming projects and policy initiatives.

Click here to find out which Neighborhood Council represents you >>

If you live in an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), you may also be eligible to join your local HPOZ Board. Learn more about upcoming opportunities to get involved >>

Zoning: The Basics

This microsite describes a range of zoning tools that help manage change in L.A. neighborhoods, but is by no means exhaustive. Luckily, you can research the underlying zoning of your neighborhood online, along with any additional overlays and regulations.

Using the Zoning Information and Map Access System (ZIMAS), you can access planning and land use information about any property in the City of L.A., including historic designations, permit history, rent control status, and more. You can also use ZIMAS to find your Council District and Neighborhood Council. Simply type your address into the search window to get started. 

The City is in the midst of a multi-year effort to revise its outdated zoning code, an initiative known as re:code LA. The project website makes it easy to provide feedback, download workshop materials, and track upcoming public forums. Learn more here >>

SurveyLA in Your Neighborhood 

The Office of Historic Resources (OHR) recently completed its first comprehensive citywide survey of historic resources, an initiative known as SurveyLA. The project, completed in partnership with the J. Paul Getty Trust, provides unprecedented information about Los Angeles' diverse collection of historic places. The findings will help guide planning efforts for years to come. 

Much of the data has been added to Historic Places LA, the first online information and management system specifically created to inventory, map, and help protect L.A.'s significant historic resources. 

Alternatively, you can also download survey reports for your Community Plan Area on OHR's website. Click here to view the list of reports >>

If you would like to learn more about local historic designation in L.A., you can download our Landmark THIS! guide for step-by-step instructions and other helpful tips. The City's Cultural Heritage Ordinance defines specific procedures for Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) designations, the Cultural Heritage Commission, and more. 

L.A. Historic Neighborhoods Conference

For more than ten years, the Conservancy and City of Los Angeles have co-produced the HPOZ Conference, now the biennial L.A. Historic Neighborhoods Conference. The one-day event showcases the latest practices and topics in neighborhood conservation and hosts a network for residents to learn from one another. 

Sign up for our Events email to learn more about upcoming conferences. Subscribe now >>

Keep in Touch!

In addition to emails about upcoming events, you can subscribe to our monthly E-News and Neighborhoods listserv for the latest updates. Subscribe now >>

If you would like to contribute to the conversation on social media, share your photos and stories on Instagram and Twitter using #LAStoryhood. Learn more >>