The Los Altos, California, house where the late Steve Jobs built his first computers and co-founded Apple has been designated a historic site by city officials, media reports said.

The Los Altos Historical Commission voted unanimously on Monday to name the tech entrepreneur's childhood home a "historic resource," the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Officials had been working for two years to ensure that the ranch-style house would be preserved in its current condition.

The city will now have to approve any renovations or changes to the property.

The house is owned by Patricia Jobs, Steve Jobs's sister, and her permission was not needed for the historic designation, although she can appeal the city's decision.

Steve Jobs and his adoptive parents moved to the one-story house at 2066 Crist Drive in the heart of Silicon Valley in 1968.

Jobs and Steve Wozniak, his partner in founding Apple, built the first 100 Apple 1 computers in the house's garage, selling half of the machines for $500 each to Paul Terrell's Byte Shop in nearby Mountain View.

Jobs met with his first potential investors, including Chuck Peddle of Commodore Computer and Don Valentine of Sequoia Capital, at the house.

"The first partnership for Apple Computer Co. was signed on April 1, 1976, and nine months later the company was established and operations moved to nearby Cupertino," the newspaper said. EFE