resources are nonrenewable and easily damaged. Their scientific,
ethno-cultural, and aesthetic values can be significantly impaired by
disturbance. Therefore, access to such information is restricted in
order to prevent vandalism and artifact hunting, and to protect
landowners from trespass.
Those granted access to restricted
information sign an access agreementwhereby they agree to keep site
content and location information confidential by not disclosing it to
unauthorized individuals or including it in publicly distributed
documents. (California Government Code Section 6254.10 exempts
archaeological sites from the California Public Records Act).
Specifically, the locations of archaeological sites are considered
confidential and therefore, such information is restricted. Access to
archaeological site information is limited to the following individuals:
Resources Consultants: Consultants must meet the Secretary of the
Interior Standards under Archaeology, History, or Architecture.
Proof of ownership must be provided, such as a deed or current tax
statement which clearly links their name with an assessor’s parcel.
Access to confidential information is provided to scholars conducting
research for unfunded projects who meet the secretary of interior
standards or students working under such individuals.
Information Access and Use Agreement which may apply to an individual,
office, company, district, agency, or some other administrative or
organizational unit. Only one CHRIS Access and Use Agreement should be
completed by the agreement holder, and this agreement will apply
through the entire CHRIS, at all Information Centers.
Authorized User Form for identifying each user that will be submitting
information requests or conducting records searches under the terms of
an Access and Use Agreement.
A CHRIS Information Center
Conditional Use Agreement for use when the holder of an active Access
and Use Agreement desires to temporarily share CHRIS data with another
person or entity who is not covered under that same agreement.
CHRIS Access Agreement Short Form – for use instead of an Access and
Use Agreement, but only when at least one of the four below-listed
Information requests from individuals pertaining to historical resources located on private property which they own; or
Requests for summary information about historical resources, prepared by an Information Center; or
Information requests for educational or scholarly research only; or
for information where the terms of access are specified in an agreement
with the Information Center at which the information is being
requested, and said agreement specifically excludes the requirement for
a CHRIS Information Access and Use Agreement.
approved by the State Historical Resources Commission are based on a
minimum charge of one hour and by half hour increments thereafter.
Records Search conducted by SCIC :
Records Searches conducted by the SCIC are billed using the CHRIS IC Electronic Fee Structure
Records Search conducted In-House:
Access Fee: $100.00 for the first hour per person plus $50.00 per person per one-half hour thereafter.
Photocopy: $0.15 per page plus staff time if staff performs photocopying.
Fee for failure to give twenty-four (24) hours advance notice of
cancellation of scheduled In-House Records Search appointment: $50.00
Staff Time: $40.00 for the first hour plus $20.00 per one-half hour thereafter.
Photocopy: $0.15 per page.
cost of Information Center services rendered plus 50% of total cost;
Information Center should be contacted to determine response time.
cost of Information Center services rendered plus 100% of total cost;
fee applies to a request made by a government agency or representative
in response to a specific, identified emergency incident; Information
Center should be contacted to determine response time.
Payments are due within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of billing.
If you have any billing related questions please contact Nick Doose
GIS at the SCIC
SCIC maintains a geographic information system (GIS) of the
archaeological and historical resources and reports for San Diego and
Imperial Counties through an ESRI file geodatabse – the fields within
the geodatabase are based on the Northwest Information Center’s
(NWIC’s) GIS template.
SCIC GIS also includes current and historical maps featuring USGS
topographic maps, aerial photos, and historic illustrated maps. Data
and maps are subject to the CHRIS fee schedule and are available to
students, archaeologists, and other cultural resource professionals