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National Register of Historic Places in Louisiana
National Register Listing Process including Guidelines & Forms
National Register Eligibility Guidelines
National Register Listing Process
National Register Nomination Packet
Why Hire Historic Preservation Professionals?
We welcome your interest in nominating a property to the National Register of Historic Places. The information below will provide all the guidance you need to get the process started. The required forms may be obtained through links in this document, or you may request a packet be sent to you in the mail.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the National Register staff at 225 219-4595. We look forward to working with you.
The National Register Listing Process
I. Determination of Eligibility
- Please review the National Register Eligibility Guidelines.
- The next step in having a Louisiana property listed in the National Register of Historic Places is completion of a Preliminary Determination of Eligibility Questionnaire. This form outlines the information required by DHP staff to evaluate possible eligibility. A thorough and accurate response to these questions is required for completion of the preliminary evaluation process. The questionnaire may be submitted to DHP at any time. Once the review is completed, you will be notified of the Staff Evaluation Committee's findings.
|National Register of Historic Places Preliminary Determination of Eligibility Questionnaire revised 9/2010
- If your property is determined potentially eligible, DHP staff members will contact you to arrange a site visit to the property at a mutually convenient time. It is important to note that DHP staff is not committed to taking the property's nomination before the National Register Review Committee until this visit has been completed and a nomination form has been received and approved by DHP.
II. Nomination Packet
PLEASE NOTE: Actual nominations should not be submitted until review of the Preliminary Determination of Eligibility Questionnaire has been completed and you have received a letter notifying you that DHP believes the candidate to be eligible.
- After the site visit has been completed, you will be responsible for completing the National Register nomination form. Although DHP will provide a packet of information to help you with preparing the nomination, you have the option of working with a professional preservation consultant in completing the nomination form.
- An application undergoes a series of technical and substantive reviews to assure that it meets National Register criteria. When the form is completed and corrected to DHP's satisfaction, we will notify you and schedule the property for consideration at a future meeting of the Louisiana National Register Review Committee.
- Please understand that we can make no promises concerning the outcome of the nomination process. It is important to note that not every historic site or old building or neighborhood is eligible for the National Register. Properties must have some type of significance either on the national, state or local level in order to qualify. The Staff Evaluation Committee's role is to recommend whether a property should be presented to the State Review Committee. The final decision lies with this committee and, ultimately, with the National Park Service (NPS) in Washington, D. C.
Timetable and Deadlines
- Louisiana's National Register Review Committee considers nominations three times a year - in the Spring (April or May), mid-August, and mid-November. The Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation will place a nomination on a Review Committee's meeting agenda only after the document has been completed to the staff's satisfaction and all support materials have been received. Experience has shown that it usually takes multiple drafts before a nomination is technically correct and ready to go on an agenda.
- Deadlines for completing nominations and closing agendas vary according to the location of the candidate.
- Certified Local Government (CLG) Communities: The Certified Local Government (CLG) program is a partnership between local citizens, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the National Park Service. CLGs have an established local historic district, ordinance, and historic district commission. The 1980 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act allow CLG communities to review and comment on each property or district proposed for the National Register within their jurisdiction. The comment period is 90 days. To allow the Division to facilitate the CLG's right to review and comment, a nomination in a CLG must be completed a minimum of 105 days before the meeting at which the nomination is to be considered. Click here to find out if your community participates in the CLG program.
- All Other Communities: The Division of Historic Preservation is required to close Review Committee meeting agendas and legally notify owners of candidates that their properties are being nominated to the National Register a minimum of thirty days before a Review Committee meeting. Additionally, time is needed to prepare official notification letters or public notices for publication in local newspapers. Thus, nominations must be complete a minimum of 60 days before the Review Committee meeting at which the nomination is to be considered.
- Unfortunately, nominations cannot be scheduled for a particular agenda after the deadlines provided below have passed. The following deadlines will apply for 2013:
Deadlines for Candidates in Certified Local Government Communities
|November 21, 2013 National Register Review Committee Meeting Deadlines
|Final Draft Deadline for nominations within a CLG Community: August 28, 2013
|Final Draft Deadline for all others: October 4, 2013
|April 22nd (or 23rd), 2014 National Register Review Committee Meeting Deadlines
|Final Draft Deadline for nominations within a CLG community: February 6, 2014
|Final draft deadline for all others: March 7, 2014
|July 17, 2014 National Register Review Committee Meeting Deadlines
|Final Draft Deadline for nominations within a CLG Community: April 25, 2014
|Final Draft Deadline for all others: June 3, 2014
|November 20, 2014 National Register Review Committee Meeting Deadlines
|Final Draft Deadline for nominations within a CLG Community: August 29, 2014
|Final Draft Deadline for all others: October 6, 2014
NOTE: These deadlines apply only to actual National Register nominations. They do not apply to determination of eligibility questionnaires, which may be submitted at any time.
The following materials are required as part of the completed nomination packet:
- A draft of your National Register Nomination Form
- The submission should include both a hard copy and a digital copy of the nomination form. Documents unaccompanied by a digital version will be returned. Digital documents must be burned to a CD.
- All documentation must be submitted in Microsoft Word. The digitized National Register form and Continuation Sheet use that software.
- Site Map (consult with NR staff to determine if necessary)
- Legal Property Description or Plat Map
- USGS Topographical Map, 7.5 minute series (See list of map dealers in Louisiana)
- This must be an original, printed, color topographical map obtained from a reliable source.
- NOTE: Some map stores offer a "Print on Demand" service for obtaining USGS quad maps from the Internet. However, the National Park Service and the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation do not accept these maps because they are not archivally stable. Photocopies of maps are also unacceptable.
- The dot representing the candidate should be circled in pencil. If the candidate is not shown on the map, place a dot (in pencil) on the map at the correct location. Then circle that location in pencil.
- Write in pencil the candidate's name; town, parish and state; and UTMs in the margin of the map as near the circle as possible.
- Please refer to Photo Print Options in the National Register Nomination Packet for suggestions on obtaining appropriate archival photos.
- Review the online documents NPS Photograph Policy Factsheet and How to Improve the Quality of Photographs for National Register Nominations before taking photographs.
- Electronic images are now a requirement of the Louisiana National Register Program.
- Electronic images must follow all requirements in the NPS Photograph Policy Factsheet, including:
- Be first generation.
- Digital photos should be shot at a minimum of 300 dpi with a pixel array of at least 3000 x 2000.
- Be RGB color mode. RGB color mode provides maximum detail even when printed in black-and-white.
- Image File Format (set the camera for highest image quality)
- BEST: Tag Image File format (TIFF) or RAW format images. This allows for the best image resolution.
- Acceptable: JPEGs converted to TIFFS, by a computer conversion process, are acceptable; however, JPEGs must not be altered in any way prior to conversion, (other than renaming them.)
- Images cannot be embedded within the text of National Register nomination forms.
- Additional photograph requirements:
- In addition to the set of digital photographs to be submitted in TIFF or RAW format, the Division of Historic Preservation requires that a second set be submitted in JPEG format.
- All digital photographs (TIFFS and JPEGS) should be burned to a CD.
- In addition to the CD, submit one printed copy of each TIFF photo on archival paper as discussed in the NPS Photograph Policy Factsheet. If you have difficulty obtaining archival quality prints, see the suggestions provided in Photo Print Options, which can be found on this web site in the National Register Nomination Packet.
- The Division of Historic Preservation requires that printed photographs be 5 x 7 inches in size.
- Photos failing to meet these requirements will be rejected, with the accompanying nomination placed on hold until proper photographs are received. Contact the National Register Coordinator if you cannot obtain archival photos.
- Completed Political Representation List.
III. Presentation to the Louisiana National Register Review Committee
- On acceptance of a completed nomination by the specified deadline, the staff will schedule the property for presentation to the State Review Committee. The Committee is a group of at least nine, but no more than thirteen professionals and lay persons interested in preservation that must recommend acceptance of the nomination before it can be forwarded to the National Register office in Washington, D. C. The nomination preparer (owner, applicant or consultant) will be required to present a short PowerPoint presentation (5 minutes in length) at the Review Committee meeting. (See the Guidelines for PowerPoint Presentation). All parties involved will receive an official notification letter one month prior to the date of this meeting informing him/her of the location and time. All interested parties are welcome to attend this public meeting. Although attendance is voluntary, it is important for owners to understand that Review Committee members view their attendance as acknowledgement of the owner's full support of the nomination. After each presentation, the Committee will discuss and vote on whether to recommend the nomination to the State Historic Preservation Officer.
IV. Appeal Process
- Louisiana's goal is to make the National Register program as inclusive as possible. However, some candidates simply do not appear to meet the program's eligibility guidelines. To ensure that every candidate has a fair hearing, any person or local government has the right to appeal a State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) decision not to nominate a property. This decision can occur at either the staff or the Review Committee level.
- Appeal of a Staff-Level Decision
- The state's National Register staff has the responsibility of screening applications and suggesting whether candidates should or should not move forward in the listing process. These evaluations are based upon the National Register Criteria for evaluation. Reasons for a negative recommendation will be thoroughly explained to the applicant. If the applicant does not agree with these reasons, he has the right of appeal.
- In Louisiana, the first appeal is heard by the National Register Review Committee. This appeal takes the form of a completed National Register nomination, which the applicant or his consultant prepares and presents to the Committee at one of its thrice-yearly public meetings. Staff will provide the materials needed to prepare the nomination and assign the application to a Review Committee agenda according to the completion deadlines provided above. The Committee may endorse a nomination, fail to endorse a nomination, or table a nomination for any reason. All nominations approved by the Committee are forwarded to the National Park Service for further review.
- Appeal of a Review Committee Decision
- If the state's National Register Review Committee declines to approve a candidate, the applicant may appeal directly to the Keeper of the National Register at the National Park Service. The appeal must include a copy of the nomination form and other documentation submitted to the SHPO, an explanation of the reason for the appeal, a copy of the pertinent Review Committee Minutes, and relevant correspondence from the SHPO. Staff will provide a copy of the minutes and copies of correspondence if the applicant no longer has the latter. There is no appeal beyond the Keeper's decision.
V. Preparation of Final Nomination Form and Listing
- After approval by the Louisiana National Register Review Committee, the final nomination must be completed. The applicant will be responsible for making any needed corrections to the final form. The National Register staff will thoroughly explain any changes required. The responsible party will have 30 days from the date of that letter to submit the final corrected nomination to DHP for required signatures.
- The nomination is then forwarded to the National Register office of the National Park Service in Washington, D. C. Their staff will make a determination within 45 days from the date the application is logged into their system. Once official notification of listing is received, the DHP will notify the applicant of the decision by letter. The DHP will provide owners of listed properties with a National Register certificate. The DHP does not provide plaques; however, information on ordering a plaque will be mailed to the owner of the listed property along with the letter announcing the property's listing in the National Register.