National Register of Historic Places

To expand and maintain the National Register of Historic Places for planning, preservation, research, public education and tourism efforts; to make the information on districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects of historical, architectural, archeological, engineering and cultural significance
more accessible to the public in order to increase and broaden the public's understanding of the information, foster a national preservation ethic, and to promote greater appreciation of America's heritage; to coordinate with Federal agencies, State and Tribal preservation offices, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in the implementation of laws and policies pertaining to historic preservation; and to establish liaison with and give guidance to communities under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (see 14.218).

Agency - Department of the Interior

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.

Office - See Appendix IV for list of State Historic Preservation Officers and National Park Service Regional Offices.

Program Accomplishments


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.