California Historical Landmarks
California Historical Landmarks are sites, buildings, features, or events that are of statewide significance and have anthropological, cultural, military, political, architectural, economic, scientific or technical, religious, experimental, or other value. The specific standards now in use were first applied in the designation of Landmark # 770. California Historical Landmarks #770 and above are automatically listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.
To be designated as a California Historical Landmark, a resource must meet at least one of the criteria listed below; have the approval of the property owner(s); be recommended by the State Historical Resources Commission; and be officially designated by the Director of California State Parks.
If a site is primarily of local interest, it may meet the criteria for the California Points of Historical Interest Program.
Criteria for Designation
To be eligible for designation as a Landmark, a resource must meet at least one of the following criteria:
Effects of Designation
Procedures for Designation
1. Download a Nomination Packet, including TAS Bulletin 13, a Cover Sheet, and the appropriate DPR 523 forms as outlined in Bulletin 13. Only use the DPR 523 Forms applicable to the nominated resource. If you need assistance contact Registration Unit staff.
2. Obtain written consent from the property owner(s) for the nomination. Written consent from the property owner(s) is required for designation. If a plaque is requested, written permission of property owner(s) to place the plaque on his or her property must be stated in the letter.
3. Complete application according to instructions.
4. Submit cover letter, written consent from property owner(s), nomination, photographs, and maps to OHP for review.
5. Nominations will be reviewed by OHP staff. Those that do not have written consent from the property owner(s), are inadequate or are not prepared according to the instructions 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 forwarded to the Director of California State Parks for final approval.
Written consent of property owner(s) is required for designation.
Local Government Notification
The local government in whose jurisdiction the resource is located will be given 60 days to comment upon the application before the nomination is considered by the State Historical Resources Commission.