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Public Resources Code - PRC


  ( Division 5 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 94. )

CHAPTER 1.1.5. California Heritage Fund [5079 - 5079.74]

  ( Chapter 1.1.5 added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 749, Sec. 3. )

ARTICLE 1. General Provisions [5079 - 5079.01]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 749, Sec. 3. )


The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:

(a) The preservation of California’s historical resources is a responsibility of all citizens, and deserving of continued support through private contributions and efforts and through the use of public funds.

(b) Peoples of many cultures, backgrounds, and abilities have contributed to the economic and social diversity of the state.

(c) Increasing pressures for development, increasing public use, and deterioration through age and exposure continue to place California’s historical resources at risk.

(d) Preservation of historical resources stimulates the economy, promotes energy conservation, contributes to the tourism industry, and enhances the quality of life in California.

(e) The stewardship of historical resources will further educational goals, deepen cultural and historical awareness, and advance the public’s understanding of the existing human environment and institutions.

(f) Therefore, it is the policy of the state to encourage the stewardship and preservation of California’s historical resources.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 749, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 1994.)


As used in this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:

(a) “California Register” means the California Register of Historic Resources.

(b) “Commission” means the State Historical Resources Commission.

(c) “Fund” means the California Heritage Fund created pursuant to Section 5079.10.

(d) “Historical landmark” and “historical resource” have the same meaning as set forth in subdivision (i) and subdivision (j), respectively, of Section 5020.1.

(e) “Historical resource preservation project” is a product, facility, or project designed to preserve an historical resource that is listed, or formally determined eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places or the California Register, or designated as a historical landmark or point of historical interest.

(f) “National Register of Historic Places” means the official federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture as authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. Sec. 470 et seq.).

(g) “Nonprofit organization” means any private, nonprofit organization, existing under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, that has, among its principal charitable purposes, the preservation of historic resources for cultural, scientific, historic, educational, recreational, agricultural, or scenic opportunities.

(h) “Office” means the State Office of Historic Preservation.

(i) “Point of historical interest” has the same meaning as set forth in subdivision (o) of Section 5020.1.

(j) “Preservation” means identification, evaluation, recordation, documentation, curation, acquisition, protection, management, rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization, maintenance, and reconstruction, or any combination of those activities.

(k) “Public agency” means a federal agency, state agency, city, county, district, association of governments, joint powers agency, or tribal organization.

(l) “Stewardship” means the development and implementation of programs for the proper care, interpretation, and repose of items of historic and cultural value.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 146, Sec. 175. Effective January 1, 1995.)

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