2013 Federal and CA Tax Incentives Statistics Available Now

2013 Federal Annual Tax Credit Report
The 2013 Annual Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitation Report is out along with the companion Statistical Report listing all Tax incentive projects by state is available online.  California ranks second in the nation in terms of certified expenses. Check out the California statistics on our Architectural Review Certified California Tax Incentive Project page.



NEWER! Second Offer to Register for Historic Tax Credit New Forms Webinar

Register now for the National Park Service for a webinar on Apr 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM PDT.

Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service, has released a revised Historic Preservation Certification Application, new PDF application forms, and the full implementation of the fee payment system effective May 16.

This webinar is designed for SHPO reviewers, preservation consultants, and frequent applicants. We will be discussing the changes to the applications, forms and processes during this webinar. There are several small but significant changes to the forms and application process which are valuable to know.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

NEW! Revised NPS Tax Credit Application Forms and Pay Portal

The National Park Service has released the revised Historic Preservation Certification Application. The primary change in the application is that applicants must now state whether or not they are the fee-simple owner of the property discussed in the application.
In addition, TPS has developed more fully functional, electronic fillable and savable PDF forms to go with the revised application.
Also, as of May 16, all fees for review of applications will be paid through TPS will no longer accept the credit card prepayment form.

Go to the Architectural Review page for details of the new application form and links to the documents.

NEW! Keeping Time VII Historic Preservation Conference, June 20, 2014

Tuolumne County Community Resources Agency and the Tuolumne County Historic Preservation Review Commission in cooperation with the OHP, are once again hosting the Keeping Time Historic Preservation Conference. Held annually, the conferences provide professional sessions on a variety of preservation topics. In 2010 the Keeping Time conferences won a Governor's Historic Preservtion Award for their proven service and benefit to Gold Country communities and to California preservation overall.

This year's conference is being held on June 20, 2014 at Columbia State Historic Park. For registration and other conference information, contact Karen Willenberg, Tuolumne County Community Resources Agency, at (209)533-6641 or

Pending Nominations for April 22 SHRC Meeting Posted

Nominations scheduled for review at the April 22, 2014 State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) meeting have been posted on the Pending Nominations page. The April 22 SHRC meeting will take place at 9:00 AM at the Kiln Room, Asilomar Conference Center, 800 Asilomar Drive, Pacific Grove, California. Meeting notice and agenda will be posted on April 10, 2014. Five nominations to the National Register, five updates to California Historical Landmarks and one new California HIstorical Landmark nomination will be reviewed at this meeting.

Preservation Matters Newsletter Returns

After a brief hiatus, Preservation Matters, the Office of Historic Preservation's newsletter, is back with a new look and a thematic format. The theme of this first issue is "pushing the envelope," a look at innovative and unconventional approaches to preservation.

Materials from the 2013 THPO/SHPO Summit Now Available

Handouts and presentations from the October 30-31, 2013, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer / State Historic Preservation Officer Summit are now available. Visit the Summit Materials webpage to download, view, and print these items.

Deadline Approaching for the 2014 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards

The nomination deadline is May 12, 2014 (postmarked or hand-delivered by that date). For general information and award criteria, see our Nomination Information and Criteria document. Then use the appropriate form to prepare your nomination: Project Nomination Form or Individuals, Organizations, and Agencies Nomination Form. Don't miss the chance to honor an individual, organization, or project for exceptional efforts in preserving California's heritage! For more information, contact awards coordinator Diane Barclay at or (916) 445-7026.

Office of Historic Preservation Reorganization

The units of the Office of Historic Preservation have been reorganized in relation to staff who perform reviews of environmental compliance activities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and California Public Resources Code Section 5024. Specific staff assignments have not changed--so the staff contact for a particular agency will remain the same as previous to the reorganization. The only changes have been to assign some staff to different supervisors in the office. Please see the revised organizational chart for the OHP for more information. To find out the specific reviewer for an agency, refer to our agency assignments list.

Section 106 Submittal Checklist Now Available

The Office of Historic Preservation now has a checklist to use in determining what information to send to us for consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in order to help make review of your undertaking proceed as efficiently as possible. For those of you who are more familiar with the process, there is a two-page checklist with little explanatory information about the items we suggest you submit to us. There is also a longer, annotated version of the checklist with explanations for each of the checklist items.

Action Plan for the CHRIS Modernization and Sustainability Plan

The Maintenance and Operations Action Plan for the CHRIS Modernization and Sustainability Plan has been finalized. The Action Plan will cover the period from November 1, 2013, through April 30, 2015. The focus of the CHRIS’ efforts during this time period will be on accelerating CHRIS Inventory data conversion as part of maintenance and operations activities, thereby achieving a digitized statewide inventory by completing Phases 1 and 2 as identified in the CHRIS Modernization and Sustainability Plan.

For California State Agencies: Consultation Under PRC 5024 and 5024.5

The Office of Historic Preservation has created a new informational document with recommendations to assist state agencies in complying with the requirements of Public Resources Code § 5024 and 5024.5 and understanding the expectations of the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) regarding consultation on state projects that may affect historical resources. Ideally, this guidance will help minimize time and effort spent preparing submittals to the SHPO. Consultation documents that do not meet the guidance detailed in this document may generate inquiries for further information, delaying conclusion of the consultation.

eLearning Course: Interpreting and Applying the Secretary of the Interiors Standards

OHP is pleased to offer a free eLearning Course on Interpreting and Applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with an emphasis on the Standards for Rehabilitation.
This course consists of three self-paced modules. It has been designed to answer the kinds of questions OHP staff most commonly get about how and when to use the Standards, particularly when planning or reviewing rehabilitation projects. Click on the link above to begin.

California Department of Parks and Recreation
Office of Historic Preservation
1725 23rd Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
TEL: 916-445-7000  |  FAX: 916-445-7053  |

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The California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) administers state and federal historic preservation programs and provides technical assistance to federal, state, and local government agencies, organizations, and the general public with regard to historic preservation programs designed to identify, evaluate, register, and protect California's historic resources.

OHP also serves as staff to the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC), a state review board appointed by the governor, which is responsible for reviewing nominations to the four federal and state registration programs administered by OHP.

Created by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, OHP is funded by an annual grant from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, with matching funds from the State of California. The HPF is funded by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues.


The mission of the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) is to provide leadership and promote the preservation of California's irreplaceable and diverse cultural heritage.