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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines

CEQA Information (OHP information page)

California Historical Building Code

California Public Resources Code Historical Resources Section 5020-5029.5

California Register of Historical Resources: 5024.1

State Owned Resources; Policies to Preserve:  Section 5024
State Owned Historical Resources; notice and summary of proposed actions to SHPO; mediation responsibility: Section 5024.5

Natural Disaster Damage to Historic Property: Section 5028

Section 5028 of the Public Resources Code state that no historic building that has been damaged by earthquake, flood, or fire may be demolished or substantially altered unless it is a threat to the public, or if OHP agrees.  The Section can give both cities and preservations a powerful tool to prevent the demolition of historic structures that are listed on any federal, state, or local register.

California Register (OHP website)

Natural Disaster Damage to Historic Properties Section 50 (OHP page)

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

NEPA (FEMA website)

National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

NPHA (FEMA website)

Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act

Programmatic Agreement for California
FEMA and its state partner, the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) and OHP have developed an agreement that specifies to how historic properties will be handled under federally-declared emergencies. For questions about how OHP coordinates with FEMA and OES, contact Susan Stratton, OHP Project Review Unit Supervisor.

36 CFR Part 67: Historic Preservation Certifications (tax incentives program)

36 CFR Part 68: Secretary of the Interior’s Standards


 Repair and Reconstruction Model Ordinance (CALBO)


The Seismic Bond Act
Provides tax relief for Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URMs)
California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 70-74.6