Historic Preservation

COVID-19 Update

Historic Preservation Program staff is currently working remotely due to COVID-19.  Please contact Tricia Olsen at tolsen@coronado.ca.us for instructions on how to submit applications for Historic Preservation Program reviews during this time.  You can find additional information on the City of Coronado's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on the City's COVID-19 information page.

Virtual Historic Preservation Symposium
The Coronado Historical Association will host its free annual Historic Preservation Symposium on Thursday, May 28, at 3pm. The event, co-hosted by the Coronado Historical Association, Coronado MainStreet, and the City of Coronado will be conducted remotely this year via Zoom, and it will also be streamed by the Coronado Historical Association on its Facebook page. Coronado Associate Planner Tricia Olsen will describe the City's Historic Resource Ordinance and the process to apply for Historic Designation and Mills Act tax incentives. Here is the link to the event. 

Historic Preservation

The City of Coronado recognizes that there are unique and valuable resources within the community that reflect the City's cultural and historical heritage, and enhance community character. In an effort to develop awareness of the City's Historic Resources and encourage their retention, the City of Coronado has incorporated a Historic Preservation Element into the General Plan. The City also has adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance to implement the policies contained within the Preservation Element. The Coronado Historic Preservation Program is intended to respond to the needs of the community, and to assist in enriching the community environment with reference to its past, present and future.

Brochure of Historic Resources

Context Statement and City-wide Survey

The Coronado Historic Context Statement and City-wide Survey project is  getting underway! For more information about this project, visit  www.coronado.ca.us/contextsurvey  and view an informational flyer by clicking here.

Determination of Historic Significance

Authorized by Chapter 84.10 of the Coronado Municipal Code, the Determination of Historic Significance Review is for Nominations for Historic Designation of buildings, structures, objects, or sites of any age; as well as for required review of structures that are 75 or more years old for which a project is proposed that includes demolition of original features visible from the street right of way. These reviews are more fully described in the City's Historic Preservation Program Guidebook.  Other documents relevant to this review include:

Determination of Historic Significance Application
Coronado Designation Criteria Guidelines
Searchable Register of Historic Resources
Searchable List of Non-Historic Properties

Historic Resource Alteration Permits

Authorized by Chapter 84.20 of the Coronado Municipal Code, a Historic Resource Alteration Permit (HAP) review is required for any exterior modification to a designated Historic Resource.   Specific findings for approval must be made by the Historic Resource Commission at a noticed public hearing in order to approve modifications to Historic Resources. These findings include consistency with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties; and, if the Historic Resource has or intends to apply for a Mills Act Agreement, conformity with the City's Alteration Guidelines for Mills Act Properties. Information on this review process can be found in the City's Historic Preservation Program Guidebook.  Other documents relevant to this review process include:

Historic Alteration Permit (HAP) Application
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation
City of Coronado Alteration Guidelines for Mills Act Properties


Historic Resource Preservation (Mills Act) Agreement (HRPA)

Owners of designated Historic Resources in Residential Zones are eligible to apply for a Mills Act Agreement, a contract recorded on the property which provides a reduction in property taxes in exchange for preservation and restoration of the Historic Resource.  More information about the City of Coronado's Mills Act program can be found in the City's Historic Preservation Program Guidebook. Documents relevant to the Mills Act in Coronado include:

Mills Act Agreement (HRPA) Application
Searchable List of Properties with a Recorded Mills Act Agreement
City of Coronado Alteration Guidelines for Mills Act Properties

Additional Resources  

Coronado Designated Historic Resources Map

The map below can be used to explore the designated Historic Resources in Coronado from anywhere! Each pin represents a designated Historic Resource, click on the pins to see pictures and learn why each property was designated.

Download Ask Coronado App