How are eligible properties identified?

Properties and districts that may be eligible for the National Register are usually brought to the attention of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) staff and the National Register Advisory Committee (NRAC) the following ways:

  • Through a county or community survey of historic properties co-sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office and a local government or organization
  • By interested individuals who provide preliminary information about properties to the SHPO staff
  • Through historic property surveys conducted as part of an environmental review process

People seeking National Register listing for properties that have not been recorded in survey projects co-sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office may submit a Study List application to the SHPO. If adequate information and color slides of the property are included with the application, the NRAC will consider the property at its next meeting. If in the opinion of the NRAC the property appears to be potentially eligible for the National Register, it is placed on the Study List. This action by the NRAC authorizes the SHPO staff to work with the owner to coordinate a formal nomination of the property to the National Register.

The NRAC can best evaluate the eligibility of an individual property within the context of a community-wide or regional inventory of historic or prehistoric properties. This provides a basis for comparing the relative significance of similar types of properties in a community.

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1. What is the National Register of Historic Places?
2. What is a National Register Historic District?
3. Will National Register listing protect a resource from alteration or demolition?
4. What does the National Register mean for a property owner?
5. What are rehabilitation tax credits?
6. What are the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation?
7. What does "Contributing Property" mean?
8. What does "Noncontributing Property" mean?
9. Who administers the National Register of Historic Places?
10. How are eligible properties identified?
11. What is a National Register nomination?
12. Who prepares National Register nominations?
13. What happens to a completed National Register nomination?
14. How can I go list my property on the National Register?