National Register of Historic Places

SUMMARY


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The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

For a list of properties on the National Register, visit: http://www.nps.gov/nr/research/

or download the following spreadsheet: National & Hawaii Register of Historic Places, Updated 7/11/2017

WHY

In addition to honorific recognition, listing in the National Register has the following results for historic properties:

  • Consideration in planning for Federal, Federally licensed, and Federally assisted projects: — Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 requires that Federal agencies allow the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation an opportunity to comment on all projects affecting historic properties either listed in or determined eligible for listing in the National Register. The Advisory Council oversees and ensures the consideration of historic properties in the Federal Planning process.
  • Eligibility for certain tax provisions — Owners of properties listed in the National Register may be eligible for a 20% investment tax credit for the certified rehabilitation of income-producing certified historic structures such as commercial, industrial, or rental residential buildings. This credit can be combined with a straight-line depreciation period of 27.5 years for residential property and 31.5 years for nonresidential property for the depreciable basis of the rehabilitated building reduced by the amount of the tax credit claimed. Federal tax deductions are also available for charitable contributions for conservation purposes of partial interests in historically important land areas or structures.
  • Consideration of historic values in the decision to issue a surface mining permit where coal is located in accordance with the Surface Mining Control Act of 1977; and
  • Qualification for Federal grants for historic preservation, when funds are available.
    Owners of private property listed in the National Register are free to maintain, manage, or dispose of their property as they choose provided that no Federal monies are involved.

HOW

State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPO) play a critical role carrying out many responsibilities in historic preservation. Surveying, evaluating and nominating significant historic buildings, sites, structures, districts and objects to the National Register is one such key activity.

The way a property gets listed in the National Register of Historic Places is that the forms and documentation go to the State historic preservation office (SHPO) of the state where the property is located. The SHPO can take one of several options: reject the property, ask for more information, list the property just with the state, or send the forms to us for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Once we receive the forms, we conduct a similar review process.

You can nominate a property for listing on the Hawai’i and/or National Register of Historic Places. (Both Registers use the same form.)

A Registration Procedure flowchart can be found at: http://files.hawaii.gov/dlnr/shpd/architecture/regproc.pdf

Guidance on Hawaii’s Nomination Process: Register Process Guidance

How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation: http://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/nrb15/

How to Complete the National Register (Single Property) Registration Form: http://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/nrb16a/

How to Complete the National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form: http://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/nrb16b/