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 a Historic District, or as part of a multiple property or statewide thematic category. Review National Register nomination forms for properties in Utah.
List Your Property
Be aware of the requirements. Anyone can nominate a property, but the legal owner must agree. While listing is primarily an honorific designation there are benefits. To be eligible for the National Register, a building must:
- Be at least 50 years old,.
- Retain its architectural integrity.
- Be "significant". This can be national, state-wide or even local, but must fall within at least one of the following categories:
- association with important events,
- association with significant persons,
- architectural significance, or
- archaeological significance
Research Your Building
There are many reasons people may want to research a building. We provide guidance in how to conduct that research and survey your historic property.
- Check with The Preservation Office to determine what has been documented. You can also review an architects and builders files we may have on hand.
- Research Title Abstracts at the County Recorder's Office.
- Sanborn Maps can provide useful construction dates from the late 1880s to as late as 1969.
- Tax Files at the County Assessor's Office can also provide estimated dates of construction.
- Building Permit Registers can be researched through our Research Center.
- Newspapers usually had a real estate section for major construction news.
- A Basic How To Guide
Survey Your Building
Take your research to the next level to conduct a survey on your historic property.
- Intensive Level Surveys are prepared for individual properties.
- Reconnaissance Level Surveys are the most basic approach designed to deal with large groups of buildings rather than a single site.
- The historic site form will help guide your research and survey as you collect information on your property.
- Please use the RLS Historic Sites Database Codes and City and County Codes when preparing forms for historic properties. You can also refer to our Real Estate Terms Glossary for additional help.
- We provide you with guidelines for photographing historic buildings and measuring historic floor plans.
Prepare Your Nomination
Nominating a property is an extensive process, usually taking up to 6 months. We recommend you hire a preservation research consultant. You can contact us to get information on local consultants.
- Guide to Preparing National Register Nominations
- It is strongly suggested to work with our staff to conduct reviews of your research and current photos.
- Coordinate with local historic preservation commission, if one is present in your area.
- Prepare the National Register nomination form .
Nominations then go through the Board of State History. If approved by the Board the nomination is submitted to the National Park Service. NPS takes 60 days to review and they make the final determination.
NOMINATIONS TO BE REVIEWED
Utah's historic properties are frequently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Find recent nominations here.
Check out the latest historic properties in Utah.
Owners of buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or within a Historic District, may order an official plaque or marker to place on their building.
Fill out a form and send it with a check.
- $442 for a 15" x 19" marker
- $209 for an 8" x 10" marker
- $103 for a 4 3/4" x 6" marker
Staff will send you the text for the marker for approval.
Contact: Chris Hansen, 801-245-7239.