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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. Adobe Acrobat

I am providing information on a single property I am providing information on an historic district, neighborhood, or project area

Individual Inventory Form Survey Manual Adobe Acrobat

Individual Inventory Form Microsoft Word
*updated Sept. 2018*

Area Form Survey Manual Adobe Acrobat

Area Form Microsoft Word

Appendices for survey manuals

Appendix A: Photo Policy
Appendix B: Accessing USGS Topographic Maps and Geographical Coordinates From GRANITViewII
Appendix C: Historic Context List
Appendix D: Research Sources for NH Historic Sites
Appendix E: Progression of Popular Domestic Architecture

DHR Survey Policy Adobe Acrobat

SHRC Spring 2021 AgendaAdobe Acrobat

2021 Determination of Eligibility (DOE) Schedule Adobe Acrobat

State Register Contact Information Form Microsoft Word

National Park Service Bulletin #24
Guidelines for Local Surveys: A Basis for Preservation Planning bulletin

Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol All the forms above are in Adobe Acrobat Reader format, unless otherwise noted. You can download a free reader from Adobe.

Microsoft Word Symbol Microsoft Word format. You can download a free reader from Microsoft.

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