Owner Consent & Designation: Summary & Strategies

Often the most challenging side of nominating an historic resource to a local, state, or the National Register is owner consent and objection requirements. In some local jurisdictions, owner consent provisions could fundamentally stymie a city's historic preservation process. As the Los Angeles Conservancy notes, "[Owner consent requirements have] a profound effect on the effectiveness of an ordinance as a preservation advocacy tool, hindering the community's ability to protect significant structures when they become threatened."

  • Advocates and Concerned Citizens will come out of this webinar with a solid set of strategies for designating historic properties with reluctant owners, including tips for convincing owners of the benefits of designation and pathways for protecting properties with owners unwilling to designate.
  • City planners will leave this webinar knowing the various owner consent requirements at each level of designation, as well as the impact that owner consent provisions have on a city's preservation program.
  • Consultants will learn, from real world case examples, how to navigate the outreach and education process for designating historic districts. Strategies will include how to mobilize support in a neighborhood where a high number of residents may initially oppose designation.

This webinar will also review proposed changes to the National Register and how the proposed changes will impact federally managed or owned historic properties should the rules go into effect.

You Will Be Able To...

  1. Navigate the historic designation process as a non-owner of an historic property, whether you're an concerned citizen, consultant, or local historical society or museum.
  2. Identify owner consent requirements at all levels of designation and know where to look for local owner consent provisions within existing local ordinances
  3. Develop strategies for dealing with owner objections and identify how to mobilize neighborhood support for historic designation
  4. Using real world case examples, determine how to develop a road map for public outreach and consultation as it applies to landmark or historic district designation


  1. Deborah Rosenthal, Esq., FAICP, Fitzgerald, Yap, Kreditor, LLP
  2. Flora Chou, Senior Associate and Cultural Resources Planner, Page & Turnbull
  3. Christine Nguyen, LEED AP, Associate Planner, City of Anaheim