Local, State, and National Register Nominations

The California Register program encourages public recognition and protection of resources of architectural, historical, archeological and cultural significance, identifies historical resources for state and local planning purposes, determines eligibility for state historic preservation grant funding and affords certain protections under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The State Historical Resources Commission has designed this program for use by state and local agencies, private groups and citizens to identify, evaluate, register and protect California's historical resources. The Register is the authoritative guide to the state's significant historical and archeological resources.

Under the California Register, an historical resource must be significant at the local, state or national level, under one or more of the following criteria:

  1. It is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of local or regional history or the cultural heritage of California or the United States.
  2. It is associated with the lives of persons important to local, California or national history.

  3. It embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, region or method of construction or represents the work of a master or possesses high artistic values.

  4. It has yielded, or has the potential to yield, information important to the prehistory or history of the local area, California or the nation.

The National Register criteria are substantially similar to the California Register criteria.

We can assist with the preparation of local and state individual and historic district nominations, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) 523 Forms and with individual and historic district nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

Landmark nominations include the Carnegie Branch Libraries of San Francisco and Sam Jordan's Bar.

View or download the Carnegie Branch Libraries nomination PDF.

In 2011, Tim Kelley Consulting donated staff time and services to draft the city landmark nomination for Sam Jordan's Bar, an African-American working class bar that served as a community hub for the surrounding Bayview neighborhood. Tim Kelley Consulting perceives this project as a natural extension of the Bayview-Hunter's Point survey work previously conducted and considers that the time was donated to the residents of Bayview and to patrons and owners of Sam Jordan's. The nomination was adopted by the Historic Preservation Commission in June 2012.

View or download the Sam Jordan's Bar nomination PDF.