Van Nuys Historic Preservation Overlay Zone

Staff Contact:
Erik Van Breene
(213) 987-1487
Community Plan Area(s):

Van Nuys - North Sherman Oaks

Council District(s):
2, 6
Area Planning Commission(s):

South Valley

Historic Preservation Overlay Zone Board:

Meeting Dates and Time:
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month; 5pm - 6pm
Meeting Location:
Marvine Braude Constituent Service Center, Room 3B, 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91401
Current Agenda:South Valley Commissions

Van Nuys HPOZ is located in the center of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, and is the first Valley HPOZ. Van Nuys includes some of the earliest residential development in the Valley. The construction of single family residences began in 1911 and early architecture reflected the Craftsman and Colonial Revival styles. In the 1920s, the dominant local industry was poultry farming, which required land plots to be very deep to allow for the construction of chicken houses at the rear of the property. At this time, preferences in architectural styles shifted to Spanish Colonial Revival and English Revival. In the 1930s, preferences changed once again and Minimal Traditional became the prevailing architectural style. In the late 1930s to the 1950s, the California Ranch style dominated residential designs. Van Nuys HPOZ exemplifies the evolution of early residential architecture of the growing San Fernando Valley. The Van Nuys HPOZ was adopted by City Council in 2005.


Preservation Plan
Citywide HPOZ Ordinance
District Ordinance



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