The National Register recognizes places that matter to Americans.
The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, or engineering.
Places may be listed individually, as part of an Historic District, or as part of a multiple property or statewide thematic category.
National Register – Your questions answered
To be eligible for the National Register, a building must:
- Be at least 50 years old.
- Retain its architectural integrity (A rule of thumb: Would the original owner still recognize the building?)
- Be significant nationally, statewide, or locally. This significance must fall in one or more of the following categories:
(A) association with important events, (B) association with significant persons, (C) architectural significance, or (D) archaeological significance.
Listing a property:
- Gives it recognition for its historic significance.
- Qualifies the owner for federal and/or state rehabilitation tax credits.
- Helps educate the public and community about historic and culture resources.
See more benefits of listing your building on the National Register.
Listing in the National Register does not interfere with a private property owner’s right to alter, manage or dispose of the property. The owner does not have to restore or maintain the property or open it to the public.
Local preservation ordinances, where present, may have some implications for a building owner. But local ordinances are entirely separate from the National Register.
Any interested person can nominate a property to the National Register. But the legal owner of private property has the right to prevent any listing. Here is the process:
1. First, contact at the State Historic Preservation Office for advice and direction. (Cory Jensen, 801-245-7242)
2. Coordinate with the local historic preservation commission in your area, if one is present.
3. Next, research and document the property. You can hire a private research consultant to do the research and/or nomination for you—this is recommended. (See Historical Research Consultants in our Utah Preservation Contractor Directory.)
4. Submit current photos of the property with your early research results for a preliminary review.
5. Using the results of your research and suggestions from the preliminary review, prepare a National Register nomination form.
6. The Board of State History will review the nomination.
7. If approved, the National Park Service will conduct a final review.
Click here for more How to List Your Propery information or see our Guide to Preparing National Register Nominations (PDF file).
You can find even more detailed instructions on the National Register Bulletins & Brochures web site.
An Historic District is an area or neighborhood that has a concentration of historic buildings (50 years or older) that retain their architectural integrity and represent an important aspect of a city’s history. Get more information.
Property owners who take pride in their historic buildings often place markers. You can ordera marker through the Preservation Office.
All types of sites and properties are represented: mansions, prehistoric pit houses, lime kilns, LDS tithing offices, suspension bridges, and rock art sites, to name a few. Utah has more than 1,000 individual sites and more than 50 historic or archaeological districts containing several thousand additional sites.
Search through our actual National Register nomination files online at the National Park Service website. You can find photos, histories, architectural information, etc.
- Once you are on the web page you may search by resource name, or state & city and state & county for multiple searches.
- You may print nominations and photos from this site after you install the free plugin viewer DjVu (the instructions to download and install will show on the web page when you do a search).
National Historic Landmarks
Utah has a number of buildings and sites listed as National Historic Landmarks. You can find more information on Utah’s NHLs here: https://utah.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=5fc1f1c07d024049a21244994f368bbd
Need more information on the National Register?
Contact: Cory Jensen
State Historic Preservation Office
Utah State History
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1182