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Nomination Procedures

Procedures for Nominating a Property for Listing in the National Register

Anyone may nominate a Florida property to the National Register of Historic Places. The first step in the nomination process is the completion of a Preliminary Site Information Questionnaire. This form collects basic information about a property, including its location, description, summary of historic significance, current and historic photos, and property owner contact information. Forms proposing nomination of private property must be signed by the property owner to demonstrate their consent to the nomination process.

Staff will review the PSIQ and make a determination of eligibility for the National Register. If a property is determined eligible, staff will coordinate with the applicant to prepare a National Register nomination draft, which will be presented before the Florida National Register Review Board at one of the board’s quarterly meetings. Draft nominations submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office without a previous determination of eligibility will be reviewed by staff; however, nominations that do not meet the National Register criteria for eligibility will not be presented to the National Register Review Board.

Determination of Eligibility

A. Complete a Preliminary Site Information Questionnaire (pdf)

B.  If the property appears to be eligible (please review Criteria for Evaluation) and is not already listed in the National Register of Historic Places, staff will assist the applicant with the preparation of a National Register Nomination.

Upon Receipt of a nomination proposal for an eligible property, the following procedures will be carried out:

A.  The nomination proposal and all accompanying documentation will be evaluated by the professional staff of the Bureau of Historic Preservation. If possible, a staff member will visit the site as a part of the evaluation process.

B.  The owner(s) of the property and the chief local elected officials will be notified in writing that the property is being proposed for nomination and given the opportunity to comment on the property.

C.  The proposal will be submitted for consideration and recommendation by the Florida National Register Review Board which is charged with reviewing all nomination proposals to the National Register of Historic Places from the State of Florida.

D.  Upon the favorable recommendation of the Review Board, a final draft of the nomination will be prepared for the submission by the State Historic Preservation Officer to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C. Special procedures also exist for processing proposals when the Board and the State Historic Preservation Officer do not agree on the eligibility of the property for listing.

E.  The Keeper of the National Register and his staff undertake the final review and make the final decision whether or not to list the property. If the owner of a private property objects to the nomination, the property will not be listed, but the site may be submitted to the Keeper of the National Register for a formal determination of eligibility for listing.

F.  The owner is then notified in writing as to the final decision.