Understand the LA HPOZ Program

When authorities designate a neighborhood as an HPOZ, or Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, it signifies that all homes in this area must adhere to specific planning rules. Under the LA HPOZ Program, any new houses or home projects need to complement the area’s historic style and character. This means there are stricter planning guidelines, but HPOZs come with benefits like property tax reduction and better neighborhood maintenance. Read “Understanding the LA HPOZ Program” to learn more about these zones.

What Are Historic Preservation Overlay Zones?

A Historic Preservation Overlay Zone is a type of historic district. This zoning designation aims to protect neighborhoods with architecturally and historically significant buildings. HPOZs typically protect single-family residential neighborhoods. Each HPOZ will have its own Preservation Plan, boundary map, and individual district ordinance.

Houses in an HPOZ are classified into contributing and non-contributing houses. Contributing houses are those that date back to the period of significance for the neighborhood. These houses do not have any major alterations or additions which change their historic integrity. Builders might construct non-contributing houses after the significant period. They may also make major changes to them.

If you live in an HPOZ and plan changes or additions, consult approved vendors. Tashman Home Center is one such vendor. They understand correct building materials and styles for your home. This ensures your renovations meet HPOZ rules and guidelines. They can help you with the HPOZ process and requirements from start to finish.

Each HPOZ will have its own board for setting neighborhood guidelines and approving applications for renovations and or additions. A board comprises five people, including at least one architect, and one contractor or real estate agent in each group.

How Many HPOZs Are In Los Angeles?

Presently, there are 35 Historic Preservation Overlay Zones in Los Angeles. Angelino Heights holds the title as LA’s oldest HPOZ, established in September 1983. While not all neighborhoods qualify for HPOZ status as this tool is primarily for single-family neighborhoods, they may qualify under conservation district rules which also help preserve historic integrity.

What Does HPOZ Vendor Mean?

HPOZ vendors are those that help homeowners navigate the HPOZ approval process and provide their expertise for historically accurate materials and fixtures. Approved HPOZ vendors like Tashman Home Center typically provide drawings of the fixtures that are compliant with HPOZ standards. They will also have the necessary documents for consulting guidelines and getting HPOZ board approval.

Apart from overseeing the design and making sure they follow the historic preservation rules, they will also design the building materials and provide them for the custom installation. This is to ensure that any renovations or additions are allowed and approved without a hitch.

Living in an HPOZ area can have many benefits, but you will need to follow its rules if you want to make some repairs or changes to your home. If you are thinking of giving your house a fixer-upper and you live in an HPOZ location, consult an approved HPOZ vendor to ensure that your changes will be approved quickly and with little fuss!

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