Registration Programs

Historic preservation has four essential components: identification, evaluation, registration and protection. The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) offers four different registration programs:

  • California Historical Landmarks
  • California Points of Historical Interest
  • California Register of Historical Resources 
  • National Register of Historic Places
  • Registration Programs Comparison Chart

    Each registration program is unique in the benefits offered and procedures required. If a resource meets the criteria for registration, it may be nominated by any individual, group, or local government to any program at any time. Resources do not need  to be locally designated before being nominated to a state program nor do they need to be registered at the state level before being nominated to the National Register.

    Resources listed in the National Register, California Historial Landmarks #770 and above are automatically listed in the California Register.  Points of Historical Interest designated after December 1997 and recommended by the State Historical Resources Commission are also listed in the California Register.

    As of January 2008, there are 1,044 California Historical Landmarks, 851 Points of Historical Interest, 2,380 National Register listings, and more than 25,000 resources listed in the California Register.

    Many local governments in California also offer local designation/registration programs.  Check with the local government with jurisdiction over the particular resource you are considering registering to learn more about the benefits of local designation.


    The placing of plaques or markers identifying a registered historical resource is at the discretion of the property owner(s). Those intending to place a plaque or marker must have the property owner’s written permission. Plaques are purchased using private funds. Registered California State Historical Landmarks can receive an official State plaque. As of May 2006, official State Landmark plaques cost $2,875 plus any applicable state tax and $100 freight charge.

    Directional Signage
    Registered National Register Historic Districts, Landmarks, and Points of Historical Interest are eligible for directional markers. State highway signs are ordered, erected and maintained by the California Department of Transportation for the state highways under their jurisdiction. Applicants must contact the appropriate district office to order the highway signs.
    Contact your local government agency to order signage for county and city-maintained roads.

    NOTE: The Office of Historic Preservation does not routinely survey the status of registered Landmarks or Points.  We rely on surveys, consultants, and members of the public to inform us if there is a change to the resource or the marker.

    Office of Historic Preservation
    1725 23rd Street, Suite 100
    Sacramento, CA 95816

    PH:   916-445-7000
    FAX: 916-445-7053

    Registration Unit Staff 
    Jay Correia, Supervisor
    State Historian III

    William Burg
    State Historian I

    Amy Crain
    State Historian II


    Word Format (Copy and save to to your own computer)
    Nomination Form 10-900
    Continuation Sheet
    Multiple Property Documentation Form

    DPR 523 Forms

    Instructions for Recording Historical Resources

    DPR 523 Forms (Microsoft Word)
    DPR 523A Primary Record
    DPR 523B Building, Structure, Object
    DPR 523C Archaeological Site Record
    DPR 523D District Record
    DPR 523E Linear Feature Record
    DPR 523F Milling Station Record
    DPR 523G Rock Art Record
    DPR 523H Artifact Record
    DPR 523I Photographic Record
    DPR 523J Location Map
    DPR 523K Sketch Map
    DPR 523L Continuation Sheet

    DPR 523 Forms are in Microsoft Word .docx format. Please contact Registration Unit staff for other DPR 523 series forms. Forms not currently downloadable are undergoing revision.

    Landmark and Point of Interest Application Form

    Landmark and Point Application Form  (Cover Sheet - Excel Format)
    Landmark and Point Application Form  (Cover Sheet - PDF)