Registrations

Registration programs for historic properties take many forms. At the federal level, historic properties are recognized within the National Register of Historic Places and National Landmark programs.

At the state level, historic properties can be designated as State Landmarks or Points of Historical Interest, and can also be listed on the California Register of Historical Resources.

National Register Seven Springs Ranch, Cupertino

National Register Seven Springs Ranch, Cupertino

Many local agencies enact Landmark programs to designate and commemorate their historic properties. In California, designated properties are often eligible for Historic Property Contracts (Mills Act), that enable property owners to divert future property taxes into restoration and maintenance activities. The designations also provide the resources some protection under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).