The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Professional advice is provided in determining whether a property qualifies for inclusion in the National Register according to the Criteria for Evaluation contained in 36 CFR Part 60.
Listing does not affect the range of actions an owner may take, as long as Federal funding, licensing or assistance is not involved and no governmental unit receives any authority or control over the property, including its use and disposition.
However, if a Federal project might have an effect on a property listed or eligible for listing, the agency involved must provide the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation a reasonable opportunity to comment pursuant to 36 CFR Part 800.
Registered properties also become eligible to receive grants from the Historic Preservation grant-in-aid program of the Department of the Interior (see 15.904), when funding is available, to receive home improvement loans from the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Title I of the National Housing Act as amended on October 18, 1974, or to participate in the community grant program provided by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
Major Federal tax advantages can be received on certain rehabilitation expenditures for "certified historic structures" and for charitable contributions for conservation purposes of partial interests in historic properties.