An Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, or HPOZ, is an area of the city which is designated as containing structures, landscaping or natural features having historic architectural, cultural, or aesthetic significance. To receive such designation, an area must be adopted as an HPOZ by the City Planning Commission and the City Council through a zone change procedure that includes notification of all affected and nearby property owners and public hearings. Once designated, areas have an HPOZ overlay added to their zoning, and are subject to special regulations. Each HPOZ has a five member Board to review and make recommendations on projects and promote historic preservation within the designated area. Most types of exterior changes or improvements to properties in an HPOZ area require written approval from the Planning Department.
(Source: Los Angeles Department of City Planning, Office of Historic Resources)
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