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Procedures for listing a property on the National Register


HP Specialists Contact Info & Regions Map

Preliminary National Register Form (pdf)
Preliminary National Register Form (Word)

National Criteria for Evaluation of a Property

NPS National Register of Historic Places Fundamentals

Anyone can nominate a property to the National Register of Historic Places. Following these steps is the best way to initiate the process.
  1. The first step in the process is to contact a regional Historic Preservation Specialist with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). They will provide you with a preliminary assessment form, which can also be downloaded below. The completed form should be returned to the SHPO with current exterior photos showing all angles of the property as well as photos of the interior. If available, also send a copy of a historical photo for comparison. Any questions about the form may be directed to the Historic Preservation Specialist assigned to your region. Once the SHPO receives the completed preliminary assessment form, the regional Historic Preservation Specialist will follow-up with you.
  2. If the property is determined potentially eligible by the staff, a regional Historic Preservation Specialist will contact you to arrange a site visit. During the site visit, the Specialist will confirm eligibility, take high quality digital photos, and may request additional information.
  3. Once all necessary information has been collected, the regional Specialist will prepare a nomination. Once the nomination is completed, it will go before the quarterly meeting of the South Dakota State Historical Society Board of Trustees for approval. Once approved by the Board, the nomination will be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register at the National Park Service (NPS). The National Register staff will review the nomination for final approval.
  4. Once approved, the Keeper will notify the SHPO. The SHPO will notify the property owner of the official listing on the National Register.
  5. The whole process will typically take 6-12 months.





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