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The Role of the Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission is responsible for identifying and designating San Francisco landmarks and buildings in the City's historic districts. It consists of seven Commissioners and a Commission Secretary.

More specifically, the Historic Preservation Commission reviews and approves applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for alterations, site improvements and new construction affecting San Francisco's designated landmarks, buildings and sites within historic districts. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and other City agencies concerning amendments to Articles 10 and 11 of the Planning Code.

Hearing Schedule

The Historic Preservation Commission holds a public hearing (also known as a "Commission Meeting") twice monthly to carry out its duties.

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12:30 to 4:30 PM*
Commission Chambers
Room 400, City Hall

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

*Subject to change, please check hearing agendas for exact info.

Visit our Department Calendar of Events & Hearings to:

•  View the Planning Commission hearing calendar
•  Set email reminders for hearings
•  Subscribe to RSS
Download upcoming and past Commission meeting agendas.
Meeting Agendas
Download past Commission meeting minutes.
Meeting Minutes

What to expect at a Historic Preservation Hearing

At either a Regular Hearing (also known as a "Meeting") or a Special Hearing, only matters posted on the agenda can be heard. The procedure for public hearings is as follows:

  1. A thorough description of the item by the Director or a member of the staff.
  2. A presentation of the proposal, by the project sponsor(s)'s team.
  3. Public testimony regarding the proposal.
  4. After all of the testimony is submitted, the Commission will consider the evidence, deliberate, and either make a decision, take the matter under advisement, or continue the matter in order for additional information to be presented.

For more information, download the full rules and regulations of the Historic Preservation Commission.

Historic Preservation Commission Roster

Karl Hasz  
Commission President

SEAT 6 General Contractor
3053 Fillmore Street, #144
San Francisco, CA 94123
Andrew Wolfram  
Commission Vice President
SEAT 2 Historic Architect
1420 Sutter Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109

415-901-4912 (W)
415-265-9911 (Fax)
Aaron Jon Hyland  
SEAT 1 Historic Architect
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
Ellen Johnck  
SEAT 5 Preservation Professional
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
Richard S. E. Johns  
SEAT 4 Historian
Law Offices of Richard S.E. Johns
2431 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115-1814

415-781-8494 (W)
415-397-0792 (Fax)
Diane Matsuda  
SEAT 7 At Large
John Burton Foundation
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 1142
San Francisco, CA 94104

415-693-1321 (Direct Line)
415-348-0011 (W)
415-348-0099 (Fax)
Jonathan Pearlman  
SEAT 3 Architectural Historian
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

Staff Contacts

Tim Frye
Preservation Coordinator
San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-575-6822 (W)
415-558-6409 (FAX)
Jonas P. Ionin
Commission Secretary
San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-558-6309 (W)
415-558-6409 (FAX)
Andrea Ruiz-Esquide
Deputy City Attorney
SF City Attorney's Office
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., Room 375
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-554-4618 (W)
415-554-4700 (Receptionist)
415-554-4757 (FAX)


Last updated: 6/3/2014 9:13:04 AM