Public Agencies

PUBLIC AGENCIES adopt General Plan goals, policies, ordinances and administrative procedures as a means to providing stewardship to cultural and historic resources. Each agency approaches this task differently based on the public will of their constituency - subject to state and federal mandates. Preservation of the nation's heritage has long been part of the national purpose, and the federal government has actively been a partner in historic preservation since the beginning of the twentieth century. In California, the Office of Historic Preservation provides state-wide leadership as well as performing duties associated with federal programs.

This page consists of an agency-finder that links to online local government web sites that speak to historic preservation as a part of regulatory function. Other pages within Laffey Archives provide additional public resource material that is linked to or has been scanned from printed documents. Most of Glory Anne's work in the 1990s was within the City of San José - much of the subsequent information pertains to that jurisdiction. This site will expand its content to other jurisdictions over time.


County of Santa Clara
(includes communities of Monte Vista, New Almaden, San Martin, and Stanford)


San José - Department of Planning, Building & Code Enforcement
Historic Preservation Home Page
Historic Preservation Ordinance - SJMC Chapter 13.48 (60.7kb)
General Plan:

City of Campbell

City of Cupertino

City of Gilroy

City of Los Altos

City of Los Altos Hills

City of Milpitas

City of Monte Sereno

City of Morgan Hill

City of Mountain View

City of Palo Alto

City of San Jose

City of Santa Clara

City of Saratoga

City of Santa Clara

City of Sunnyvale

Town of Los Gatos


Santa Cruz County (includes communities of Aptos, Boulder Creek, Davenport, Felton, Soquel) 

City of Capitola

City of Santa Cruz

City of Scott's Valley

City of Watsonville


Monterey County (includes communities of Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Pajaro, Prunedale)

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

City of Del Rey Oaks

City of Gonzales

City of Greenfield

City of Marina

City of Monterey

City of Pacific Grove

City of Salinas

City of Seaside

City of Soledad

King City

Sand City


San Benito County

City of Hollister

City of San Juan Bautista