Category A / historic resource: “Historical Resources” include properties listed in or formally determined eligible for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources, or listed in an adopted local historic register. The term “local historic register” or “local register of historical resources” means a list of resources that are officially designated or recognized as historically significant by a local government pursuant to resolution or ordinance. This property will be evaluated as historical resources for purposes of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act).
Next Step: The buildings under this category have to follow very strict design guidelines from the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the treatment of historic properties as soon as commencing any alteration. Owner would have to take into consideration the design limitations of the facade and interiors which may also determine additional costs due to preservation process of it's features.
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Category B / Unknown: Properties Requiring Further Consultation and Review. “Not evaluated” or which have a temporary designation NRSC/CHRSC of 7 while waiting for evaluation from the State Office of Historic Preservation will need additional investigation to determine what the underlying information / evidence is regarding its historic status.
Next Step: An application needs to be filed with Historical Preservation to evaluate the existing structure in order to determine if it’s Category A (historical resource) or Category C (not a historical resource).
Category C / Not historic resource: Properties Determined Not To Be Historical Resources or Properties For Which The City Has No Information indicating that the Property is an Historical Resources. Properties that have been affirmatively determined not to be historical resources, properties less than 50 years of age, and properties for which the City has no information indicating that the property qualifies as an historical resource.
Next Step: No further steps need to be made from the historical preservation stand point.