The New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places is an honorary listing that encourages the protection of significant buildings, districts, sites, landscapes, structures or objects that are meaningful in the history, architecture, archeology, engineering, or traditions of New Hampshire residents and communities.
No Restrictions and Requirements
Listing on the State Register of Historic Places is one of several ways to acknowledge a property’s historical significance. A property may also qualify for the National Register of Historical Places, be designated a National Historic Landmark, be part of a local historic district, or be recognized in a local or regional master plan. Please contact the NHDHR if you would like to learn more about these programs.
Listing A Property
Effects of Listing
Forms and Manuals
New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places
I. In order to recognize, honor, and promote the state's historical, cultural, and archaeological heritage, the division of historical resources, department of cultural resources, shall maintain and administer the New Hampshire state register of historic places. Buildings, districts, sites, landscapes, structures, or objects that are meaningful in the history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or traditions of the state may be listed in the state register.
II. Properties may be proposed for listing in the state register by submission of a nomination to the division of historical resources. With the consent of the property owner, the division shall forward correct and sufficient nominations of properties that meet the criteria in paragraph I to the state historical resources council for final approval and listing.
III. Listing a property in the state register does not prohibit any actions that may otherwise be taken by the property owner with respect to the listed property. Source. 2012, 58:3, eff. July 13, 2012.
Listing in the State Register can contribute to the preservation of historic properties in a number of ways. Please see "Effects of Listing" for more information on these benefits:
- Public recognition that a property is significant to a community.
- Consideration and advocacy in the planning of local and state funded or otherwise assisted projects.
- Qualification for state financial assistance for preservation projects, when funds are available.
- Special consideration or relief in the application of some access, building and safety code regulations.
- A complimentary one-year membership to the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.
Owners of property listed on the State Register are free to maintain, manage or dispose of their property as they choose, without oversight or comment from the NHDHR. However, as property owners plan for needed maintenance or changes, staff members at the NHDHR are always available for questions and assistance.
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, located at 19 Pillsbury Street, 2nd floor in Concord, has more information about the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. This information, along with a blank inventory form and the manual needed to complete it, are available on the Division's web site. Staff can be reached at 603/271-3483, via e-mail at [email protected], or via mail at 19 Pillsbury Street 2nd floor, Concord, NH 03301-3570.