OHP Directories

Built Environment Resource Directory (BERD) – Update

As of March 2020, the OHP intends to post the BERD on their website in the near future. No formal date has been set. Once online, the data will be available as CSV files (comma-separated values) and users will be able to access and download the eligibility data on their own. OHP will update these files on a more frequent cycle.

Prior to the BERD being available from the OHP website:

  • Clients sending record search requests to an Information Center will be able to make specific requests for data from the BERD and IC staff will be able to search the BERD and provide results. Requestors will be charged for the time it takes IC staff to search the BERD and provide copies of any associated documents that are requested. There will be no per-row charges for data copied directly from the BERD.
  • In-house clients will have access to the BERD at the IC and will be able to use their time to search the BERD and extract the data they need. In-house clients will be charged for their time spent and for any per-page charges for associated documents. There will be no per-row charges for data copied directly from the BERD.

Once the BERD is available on-line from OHP, clients will be able to download the BERD files and search for data of interest. If clients search the BERD during their appointment time while at an IC, they will be charged for their time. If clients request IC staff to search the BERD, they will be charged for staff time. There will be no per-row charges for data copied directly from the BERD in either case.

NOTE: The Information Centers may have files and reports for built-environment resources that may not appear in current releases of the BERD. If you are engaged in state or federal compliance related activities, we recommend you check both the CHRIS Inventory as well as the associated eligibility directories (one for the built environment and one for archaeological resource) for a complete picture of potential resources within your project area and the surrounding search radius.

For more details on the BERD, including the new status codes contained within the new directory, feel free to download a copy of the User’s Guide here.

Note that absence of a resource on these lists does not mean the resource is not historically significant. Rather, it merely means the OHP does not have that resource in its inventory. There is no "universal" minimum age for important cultural resources; the passage of time allows for a clearer perspective on and understanding of the resource. In general, buildings or structures 45 years of age or older are more likely than newer buildings or structures to have historical importance. Any buildings and structures 45 years of age or older in the project area may require documentation and/or assessment by a professionally qualified historic preservation consultant.

Researchers may identify properties that were on the HPD but that are not in the BERD. This is likely due to confidentiality concerns. In such situations, bring this to the attention of the IC Coordinator who will follow up with OHP.

For a listing of archaeological resources that have been processed through the OHP, and may have evaluation status information, please contact the appropriate IC. Questions about the OHP's inventory, or discrepancies in data, can be directed to Joseph McDole in the OHP Information Management Unit: joseph.mcdole@parks.ca.gov, 916-445-7039.