Survey of historic properties can be used to form a preservation plan, which should be the foundation of ALL preservation activity in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, fewer than 25% of New Hampshire's communities have up-to-date, comprehensive, professional-quality historical resource surveys. Without this information, it is difficult--and sometimes irresponsible--to make informed decisions about historic properties or land use planning issues.
A survey form is used to record and understand the appearance, history, and significance of a building, structure, site, object, district, or area prior to listing on the State or National Registers of Historic Places, for a historic resources survey or planning project, or for review and compliance purposes. The NHDHR maintains a large collection of these files available for public review. For information on visiting the DHR's files, please visit the research and file access page.
If you are new to survey, please read the Introduction to Architectural Survey in New Hampshire.
DHR Survey Policy
2013 Determination of Eligibility (DOE) Schedule
State Register Contact Information Form
Historic Areas on File at the NHDHR
A listing of project and historic district area forms on file. Note:
This is a listing of the majority of historic areas on file. It does not include individual properties and should not be used as a substitute for a Section 106 file review.
Local Historic Districts of NH - 2012 Survey Report
The students in the Preservation Planning and Management course at Plymouth State University
researched the locally designated historic districts, Historic District Commissions and Heritage
Commissions of New Hampshire. The students used online research and direct communication with the
towns of New Hampshire to find fifty-six towns in New Hampshire have locally designated historic
districts. The districts are of varying ages, sizes, and hold differing levels of protection. The districts are
managed and governed by Historic District Commissions, Heritage Commissions, and other groups.
National Park Service Bulletin #24
Guidelines for Local Surveys: A Basis for Preservation Planning bulletin
All the forms above are in Adobe Acrobat Reader format, unless otherwise noted. You can download a free reader from Adobe.