I am interested in listing my property to the National Register, what is my first step?
Property owners in New Hampshire should contact the National Register Coordinator to begin a discussion of the property and its potential eligibility. The property owner may be asked to submit photographs and some basic information about the property. In some cases a field visit may be requested. For some properties, a state survey form may be needed to help staff determine if it is eligible for the National Register. The National Register Coordinator works with the potential applicant to discuss what is needed and strategize how to move forward with the nomination process.
What is the nomination form for the National Register like?
The National Register nomination form includes sheets that are “fill in the blank” questions as well as essays that provide an architectural description of the property and a significance statement that supports the properties eligibility based on the National Register criteria taking into account the property’s integrity and any applicable criteria consideration. Nominations must also include topographical maps with UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) coordinates for the property and black and white photographs that meet Park Service standards of the property. For nominations that contain more then one building and for districts, a scale sketch map may be needed that shows all buildings, sites, structures, and objects.
To review the nomination form for the National Register, please take a look at www.nps.gov/nr/publications/forms.htm. The instructions on how to fill out a National Register nomination can be found at www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/nrb16a/index.htm.
Is there professional help I can turn to?
Most National Register forms in New Hampshire are completed by architectural historians who work as professional consultants. For many projects, an architectural historian becomes a much needed and valuable resource in guiding an applicant through the nomination process. This is especially important when working with complicated properties and with districts. The Division of Historical Resources does not recommend consultants but we do keep a list of those that have proven their qualifications to do this work. If you are working with an archaeological site that you would like to see listed, you may need to consult with an archaeological consultant. To review the consultant lists, please check out www.nh.gov/nhdhr/consultants.html.
I am having trouble finding black and white film, are digital photos permissible?
Digital photographs, printed as black and white prints are permissible for National Register nominations providing they meet the guidelines for digital photographs in the National Register photo policy. To review the policy, please take a look at www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/photopolicy/index.htm. Please contact the National Register Coordinator if you have any questions.
How long does the process take?
Once a nomination is completed and ready to move forward it takes roughly 125 days for it to be listed on the National Register. First it is presented at the next State Historical Resources Council which meets at the end of January, April, July, and October. The nomination must be ready for submission to the Council no later then 75 days before the meeting at which it will be presented. For information on the State Historical Resources Council, please take a look at www.nh.gov/nhdhr/council.html. After approval by the State Historical Resources Council the nomination is reviewed and signed by the State Historic Preservation Officer and then sent to the National Park Service and the Keeper of the Register who has 45 days to make a determination to list the property upon receipt of the nomination. Written notification of the listing is then sent to the property owners and local government officials by the Division of Historical Resources. More information on this process can be found at www.nps.gov/nr/national_register_fundamentals.htm.
What if my property is nominated to the National Register and I don’t want it listed?
Notification about the meeting and the intent to nominate the property is sent by the NHDHR no sooner then 75 days before the meeting giving a period for comment of no less then 30 days before the meeting to property owners and local government officials. The means to object to the listing is provided in the letter. If the owner of a property formally objects to the nomination, the property will not be listed. In cases of properties with multiple owners or in districts, the property will not be listed if a majority of the property owners object to the nomination.
For More information on the National Register, call (603)271-3583 or e-mail Peter Michaud, National Register, Preservation Tax Incentives, & Easements Coordinator