SurveyLA, the groundbreaking citywide historic resources survey, serves as the primary planning tool for identifying, recording, and evaluating historic properties and districts in Los Angeles.
The results of the survey provide the foundation for the City’s historic preservation program. Survey data provides baseline information on potential historic resources to guide long-range planning decisions, inform project review, and support City policy goals.
Field surveys conducted from 2010 through 2017 covered the entire City of Los Angeles—over 880,000 legal parcels in an area of almost 500 square miles. The project was the largest and first all-digital citywide historic resources survey in the nation.
SurveyLA was made possible by a partnership between the City and the J. Paul Getty Trust, involving a multi-year grant from the Getty Foundation as well as significant technical assistance from the Getty Conservation Institute. The survey is now serving as a model for similar citywide surveys around the nation and worldwide.
For answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on SurveyLA, click here.
For additional background and articles on SurveyLA collected by the Getty Conservation Institute, click here.
SurveyLA findings are organized by Community Plan Area. Each area’s section includes a survey report and three appendices summarizing survey findings by resource type. The Survey Results Master Report is intended for use as a cover document for the plan area reports. It explains the tools and methodology used to conduct the field surveys, provides an introduction to the citywide historic context statement, and outlines the resource evaluation and documentation process. SurveyLA results are also accessible at HistoricPlacesLA.org the City’s online historic resources inventory and management system.