National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of buildings, structures, objects, sites, and districts worthy of preservation because of their significance in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register recognizes resources of local, state and national significance which have been documented and evaluated according to uniform standards and criteria.
Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect historic and archeological resources. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U. S. Department of the Interior.
NPS Focus National Register Database
Multiple Property Submission Contexts: Many types of properties can be nominated more simply if they are properties eligible under a Multiple Property Document. These documents identify common themes, trends and patterns of history shared by multiple properties. These documents provide a general historic context for nominations, simplifying and shortening the nomination. Properties must still be eligible for the National Register at the same level as non-MPD nominations, and use the same forms and submission guidelines. Contact staff for more information on how use Multiple Property Documents for nominations.
National Register Multiple Property Submission Contexts
How to Nominate a California Property to the National Register
1. Download the Nomination Packet, including the National Register Checklist for Submission, National Register Bulletin 15, National Register Bulletin 16A, Nomination Form 10-900 and Continuation Sheet. If you need assistance, contact OHP. Using these documents will require software capable of viewing Adobe Acrobat documents (Checklist, National Register bulletins) and editing Microsoft Word documents (Nomination Form and continuation sheets.)
2. Read the National Register criteria (Bulletin 15), and How to Complete the National Register Registration Form (Bulletin 16A). Follow these guidelines when preparing the nomination. We strongly recommend reviewing the OHP Actions Taken page and reading several National Register nominations for examples of recently reviewed and approved nominations. If the area is proposed for registration as a historic district, please contact OHP staff prior to submission of the nomination. OHP staff is available to assist district applicants and should be contacted in the early stages of the process.
3. If you are not the owner of the property you are submitting for registration, please inform the owner of your intention to apply for registration. The property or district may not be listed over the objection of the owner or majority of owners. Property owner contact information must be included with the nomination cover letter. For districts, use the District Property Owners Excel Template (part of the Nomination Packet) to list all fee simple property owners within the district's boundary.
4. Submit cover letter, completed forms, photographs, digital media and maps to OHP for review. Ensure that all photographs meet the standards outlined in the NPS Photo Policy Fact Sheet. OHP requires applicants submit an electronic copy of the nomination in Microsoft Word format. Photographs printed from digital images must be accompanied by a CD-R or DVD-R containing the electronic images. If the property is endangered or the applicant is requesting rehabilitation incentives under the Tax Reform Act or Revenue Act of 1978, this must be stated clearly in the cover letter.
5. Nominations will be reviewed by OHP staff. Those which are inadequate or are not prepared in accordance with the guidelines published in Bulletin 16A will be returned to the applicant for further work.
6. OHP notifies all applicants, property owners and appropriate governmental jurisdictions of the time and place of the SHRC meeting.
7. If approved by the SHRC, the nomination is sent to the State Historic Preservation Officer for nomination to the National Register. The final determination is made 45 days after receipt by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C.
National Register Criteria
To be eligible for listing in the National Register, a resource must meet at least one of the following criteria:
Effects of National Register Designation
Consent of property owner(s) is not required, but properties cannot be listed over the objection of a private owner(s). Property owner contact information must be submitted with a National Register nomination as part of the cover letter.
Local Government Notification
Local government within whose jurisdiction the resource is located must be given 60 days in which to comment upon the application before the State Historical Resources Commission considers the nomination.
Registration Unit Staff
How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation (National Register Bulletin #15)
How to Complete the National Register Registration Form (National Register Bulletin #16A)
How to Complete the National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form (National Register Bulletin #16B)
Nomination Form 10-900
Multiple Property Documentation Form
Copy and save application form and continuation sheet to your own computer.
District Property Owners Excel Template
Download this template to record the property owners for a historic district nomination.
Please contact the Registration Unit for further guidance on how to nominate a property.
NATIONAL REGISTER PROGRAM INFORMATION
National Register Fact Sheet
How to Support or Object to a National Register Listing
Owner Information - The National Register and Property Owners
National Register Regulations (36 CFR § 60)
National Register Bulletins and Publications
NPS PHOTO POLICY
Standards for resolution, format and file names for National Register nomination photos.
NPS Photo Policy Fact Sheet
National Register nominations generally require a USGS quad map, either 7.5 minute or 15 minute scale. They are available online via the link below:
Digital alternatives to USGS maps may be used in conjunction with National Register nominations utilizing decimal degrees.Review NPS recommendations for decimal degree maps here. Contact Registration Unit staff for more information regarding digital submission of location maps.