Can a property owner in a proposed historic district oppose designation?

A historic district cannot be formally listed in either the California Register or the National Register over the objection of a majority of property owners. If the SHRC determines that a proposed district is eligible for the National Register, and if a majority of property owners document their opposition, then the nomination would be submitted to the Keeper of the National Register as a determination of eligibility for the National Register, rather than a nomination for listing in the National Register.

Eligible districts do not qualify for certain preservation incentives, such as federal or state tax credits; however eligible districts are treated the same as listed districts with respect to state- and federal-level project review, including for environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act. Please see the “How to Support or Object” from the State of California Office of Historic Preservation

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1. What is a historic district?
2. What are contributors and non-contributors within a historic district?
3. How is a locally designated historic district different from one listed in the California Register of Historical Resources or the National Register of Historic Places?
4. Can a property owner in a proposed historic district oppose designation?
5. What may property owners do to a district contributor and non-contributor properties?
6. Are there added permits or construction requirements that could increase costs for a proposed project affecting a contributor to a historic district?