Historic Resources

This page offers information and links to a variety of National, State, and Local Historic Resources. 


California State Historic Building Code (SHBC)

The California State Historic Building Code was adopted in 1979 to "protect California's architectural heritage by recognizing the unique construction problems inherent in historic buildings and offering an alternative code to deal with these problems." 

In essence, the State Historic Building Code provides a more flexible a cost-effective building code while providing for safety, energy conservation, and disabled person access. The State Historic Building Code can be applied to any of the homes listed on the city's historic resource list.

The following are links to the State's SHBC web page: 

General Information on SHBC

What is Historic Preservation?

What is the State Historical Building Code?

Incentives for using the SHBC

The Mills Act

The Mills Act is a state-sponsored economic incentive program offering a reduction in property taxes for owners of "qualified historical properties" who pledge to preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and maintain the historical and architectural character of their properties. Properties qualify for the Mills Act by being listed on a state, county, or a city register like Mountain View's.

For more information on the Mills Act, visit Santa Clara County's page on it at:

Mills Act

Local Historic Preservation Organizations

These organizations may be of assistance in gathering information and inquiring about resources for the restoration of your heritage home.

Mountain View Preservation Alliance

The Mountain View Preservation Alliance is an organization dedicated towards the preservation of Mountain View's historic properties. Check out their website for a complete listing of Mountain View's historic resource inventory and updates on preservation efforts in the city.


Palo Alto Stanford Heritage

PAST Heritage is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic structures in the Palo Alto Area. Check out their page for an interesting preservation related newsletter and links to various articles that can help you in your effort to restore your home.


Preservation Action Council of San Jose

San Jose's preservation organization. Visit their web page for an interesting newsletter and updates on preservation and restoration efforts in the greater San Jose region

Victorian Preservation Association of San Jose

An organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Santa Clara Valley's Victorian homes


National Historic Preservation Organizations


National Trust for Historic Preservation

"The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities."


ACHP - Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

The mission of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is to promote the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our Nation's historic resources, and advise the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.