California Register

California Register of Historical Resources 

The California Register is the authoritative guide to the state's significant historic and archeological resources.  Properties listed in the National Register are automatically listed in the California Register; however, properties may be listed in the California Register without being listed in the National Register.

The California Register is administered by the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP). It encourages public recognition and protection of resources of architectural, historical, archeological and cultural significance, identifies historic resources for state and local planning purposes, determines eligibility for state historic preservation grant funding, and affords certain protections under CEQA.

The Criteria for Designation is as follows:
  • Criterion 1:  Associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of local or regional history or the cultural heritage of California or the United States.
  • Criterion 2:  Associated with the lives of persons important to local, California or national history.
  • Criterion 3:  Embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, region or method of construction or represents the work of a master or possesses high artistic values.
  • Criterion 4:  Has yielded, or has the potential to yield, information important to the prehistory or history of the local area, California or the nation.


Consent of owner is not required, but a resource cannot be listed over an owner’s objections. The State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) can, however, formally determine a property eligible for the California Register if the resource owner objects.


Want to learn more?

More information is available on OHP’s website.