In 2005, the Los Angeles City Council adopted several measures that authorized funding and staff to undertake a comprehensive, citywide historic resource survey. The Getty, through the Getty Foundation, entered into an agreement with the city to provide financial support to the city over five years to underwrite a portion of the survey costs. As the city reaches key milestones, the Getty will match the city's financial commitment to the survey. The GCI will continue to provide technical assistance to the city through a combination of consultants and research.

The city's, Office of Historic Resources (OHR), created within the Department of City Planning in 2006, is responsible for directing the citywide survey, which it has named SurveyLA. A team of historic preservation consultants and historians has been selected by the OHR and the GCI to undertake the initial phase of the survey project. This phase includes drafting a citywide historic context statement, the development of survey technology including a Field Guide to Survey Evaluation, and the completion of several pilot surveys.

Last updated: April 2009