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HOW TO LIST A PROPERTY ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER IN CONNECTICUT

STEP 1: Contact the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to describe your project to the National Register Coordinator.

If it appears that the property may meet the NR criteria, the coordinator will request descriptive and historical information along with photos and a map. Ordinarily, historic sites are suggested by (not in priority order):

  1. An interested citizen,
  2. Members of a local community, such as the First Selectman, the Mayor, the Town Manager, an historic district commission or study committee, an historical society, a preservation trust, an architecture conservancy, or a local property owner,
  3. Members of the State Historic Preservation Review Board or the SHPO staff.

STEP 2: Approval for Study

Submit a letter or e-mail requesting that the SHPO evaluate the historic resource along with the descriptive and historical information, images and map.

The submission can be made either electronically or as a hard copy. If submitting a hard copy please provide eight copies for distribution to the staff. The State Historic Preservation Officer acknowledges receipt of the National Register study request via letter. Staff will notify the applicant if additional information is needed and may schedule a site visit. In the case of a district, the approximate boundaries of the area under consideration are delineated by a staff field visit. The SHPO staff evaluates the background information on the individual property or district within 90 days of receipt of the completed historical and visual documentation. The State Historic Preservation Officer may also present the proposed district or individual property to the State Historic Preservation Review Board for evaluation.

STEP 3: Notification of Approval for Study

The State Historic Preservation Officer decides whether or not to approve a National Register study of the proposed district or individual property.  Notification of approval for study may be sent to the applicant via email or in some cases certified mail, return receipt requested. If a district or individual property is not approved for National Register study, the State Historic Preservation Officer will notify the applicant.

Appeal Procedure

If the applicant, municipality or other interested party wishes to appeal the State Historic Preservation Officer’s decision, he or she may, within 30 days of notification, request in writing that the district or individual property be submitted to the State Historic Preservation Review Board for final determination of National Register study status and the appeal will be placed on the Board’s next agenda.

STEP 4:

A standard National Register Nomination Form for the district individual property is prepared by the applicant or by a professionally qualified National Register consultant previously approved by the SHPO. National Register Bulletin 16A provides guidance on the completion of the form and is available for download and printing at the NPS site. Additional bulletins on specific topics such as forming districts or how to list cemeteries are also available at the website. SHPO staff is available to provide technical assistance, but will not be able to prepare the nomination form.

One copy of the form should be digitally submitted to the NR Coordinator. The form is reviewed by staff and additional information or edits may be requested before it can be approved for scheduling on the next available agenda of the State Historic Preservation Review Board.

Once the final staff edits have been incorporated into the document, the preparer must submit 12 hard copies of the nomination to the NR Coordinator for submission to the State Review Board.

Please also note that the SHPO has established priorities for processing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. These priorities guide the SHPO in scheduling the preparation and review of nominations. They are particularly useful during periods of unusually high nomination activity and in assisting in the administration of the SHPO’s National Register grant-in-aid and contract projects.

Priority will be given to:

  1. Nominations of threatened properties for which registration could significantly assist in the prevention of adverse alterations, neglect or demolition.
  2. Nominations comprising a large number of historic resources, such as historic districts or multiple property format nominations for which a solid context for evaluation exists (historic property surveys are a prerequisite).
  3. Nominations which are associated with minority groups or the disabled.
  4. Nominations containing properties seeking certification for purposes of the rehabilitation benefits under the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, as amended.
  5. Nominations which are located in areas that are underrepresented in Connecticut’s National Register listings.

STEP 5: Public Notifications of National Register District and Individual Property Nominations

A. District Nominations

At least 60 days before the State Historic Preservation Review Board meeting at which a National Register district nomination of more than 50 properties is evaluated, the Municipal Preservation Board and the Chief Executive Officer of the municipality is notified by certified mail, return receipt requested that the district is on the Review Board’s agenda. The notification will state when and where the Review Board meeting will be held. At least 30 days before the meeting, the State Historic Preservation Officer will publish a legal notice in a newspaper having substantial local circulation informing the public when and where the Review Board will meet to evaluate a proposed district; a second legal notice will be published at least seven (7) days later.

If a district contains less than 50 buildings, instead of a public notice, property owners will be individually notified, by first class mail, of when and where the meeting will be held. The time period for the SHPO to receive written comments on a district’s or property’s significance is 30 days, with the comment period beginning on the date of publication of the first legal notice. Written comments received during the 30 days’ period will be presented at the Review Board meeting. Public comments may also be made orally at the State Historic Preservation Review Board meeting. The Municipal Preservation Board, or the Chief Executive Officer, or a community organization is urged to hold a local public information meeting to explain the consequences of listing a district on the National Register and to answer questions from the public regarding the nomination. SHPO staff may be available to attend a National Register district public information meeting, if one is held. 

B. Individual Property Nominations:

At least 60 days before the State Historic Preservation Review Board meeting, the property’s owner is notified by certified mail, return receipt requested that the property is on the Review Board’s agenda. A copy of this notification letter is sent by first class mail to the Municipal Preservation Board, or if there is no Municipal Preservation Board, the Chief Executive Officer of the municipality. The notification will state when and where the Review Board meeting will be held at which the property will be discussed.

STEP 6: Review Board Meeting

The individuals who prepare National Register inventory-nomination forms are required to attend the State Historic Preservation Board meeting at which the forms they prepared are evaluated; their absence may be waived only with the prior permission of the State Historic Preservation Officer. A majority of the entire State Historic Preservation Board must vote to approve the district or individual property nomination to the National Register. The Review Board may have suggestions or edits which will need to be incorporated before final submission to the NPS. See the Review Board Schedule

STEP 7: Submission to the National Park Service

The preparer submits the final documentation to the NR Coordinator for SHPO files and submission to the NPS. 

Please contact the NR Coordinator prior to submitting the final nomination.

The SHPO will sign the nomination and then forward both the approved National Register nomination and the written comments received regarding the district’s or property’s significance to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places.
 
STEP 8: Listing in the National Register of Historic Places
 
Once the nomination is received by the NPS it is listed in the Federal Register as "pending National Register approval". The NPS has 45 days from receipt to respond with further edits or list a property. When a district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an announcement is sent by first class mail to the Chief Executive Officer of the municipality. When an individual property is listed on the National Register, an announcement is sent by first class mail to the owner and a copy of this letter is sent by first class mail to the Chief Executive Officer of the municipality. The owners of a National Register property or of a property within a National Register district may purchase a plaque from the State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development
 
The National Register of Historic Places is administered in accordance with federal regulations established by the U. S. Department of the Interior. Where State procedures are inconsistent with federal regulations, the federal regulations shall prevail. See the Code of Federal Regulations Title 35 Part 60 "National Register of Historic Places" for more information.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 




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