California Historical Building Code
The State Historical Building Code applies to qualified historical buildings and structures as defined by the State Historical Building Code. Qualified historical buildings and structures is defined in Chapter 2, Section 8-218 of the California Historical Building Code and includes any building, site, structure, object, district or collection of structures, and their associated sites.
The California Historical Building Code (Title 24, Part 8) is the latest regulation adopted by the State Historical Building Safety Board. Please note that the term “State Historical Building Code” refers to Health and Safety Code, Part 2.7, Division 13, Sections 18950–18961.
2016 California Historical Building Code, Title 24, Part 8, is effective January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019. (Scroll down to “PART 8 - CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL BUILDING CODE - (HTML)” and click on “HTML” link for online access to the CHBC)
The California Historical Building Code can also be ordered from the International Code Council.
THE OFFICE of HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Computer lists of the National Register and California Register
LOCAL PLANNING OFFICE
The planning department is most usually the best place to find local lists.
LOCAL HERITAGE or HISTORY COMMISSION
These governmental organizations can create and have a list. Local neighborhood or preservation organizations: these groups may have access to official lists, but can't create official lists.
LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD or PRESERVATION ORGANIZATIONS
These groups may have access to official lists, but can't create official lists.
LOCAL, STATE and FEDERAL AGENCIES THAT PROMULGATE PROJECTS
Many agencies that create, fund and accomplish capital projects are subject to the California Environmental Quality Act. One of the processes of the California Environmental Quality Act is to identify and declare eligibility for all historical properties that could be affected by the project. Properties identified in those projects and declared eligible are “qualified.” Those lists are usually not distributed widely. Contact any agency that may have had a project in your vicinity. The environmental divisions of Caltrans, Department of Water Resources, Department of General Services/Real Estate Services Division, local water agencies, and local public works departments are places to query.
Petition your local jurisdiction for an individual designation, create a NR nomination and apply to the Office of Historic Preservation, or petition the Office of Historic Preservation for a finding of eligibility.
This is a study of the historical building, structure or property that identifies the history, style, construction, the historically significant and character defining features and fabric and often includes a description of the condition of the structure interior and exterior.
PRESERVATION BRIEF 17 – ARCHITECTURAL CHARACTER
Identifying the Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving Their Character. Lee H. Nelson, FAIA.
This booklet provides essential guidance to help property owners and architects identify those features of historic buildings that give the building its visual character so that their preservation can be maximized in rehabilitation. 12 pages. 27 illustrations. 1988. To access this information click on the link below.
THE WALK TROUGH – LEARN to IDENTIFY the VISUAL CHARACTER of a HISTORIC BUILDING
The web “Walk Through” service is specifically designed to help owners, architects, developers, maintenance personnel, and members of historic preservation commissions identify those tangible elements or features that give historic buildings their unique visual character. To access this web service, click on the link below.
- California State Office of Historic Preservation
State Historical Resources Commission, National Register of Historic Places, California Register listing, CEQA, 106 Reviews, certified local Governments.
- U.S. National Park Service
Heritage Preservation Services, Technical Bulletins, Cultural Resources, National Register of Historic Places, and Landmark programs.
Private/Public Membership Organizations
CONTACT DSA Headquarters
Division of the State Architect
Sacramento, CA 95811
Reception (916) 445-8100
Fax (916) 445-3521