National Register of Historic Places

PLEASE NOTE:   SHPO now has a general mailbox, 
All initial correspondence related to the historic preservation program (CLGs, tax act credits, NR nominations, etc.) and all initial consultation (NHPA, State Act, NEPA, non-mandated reviews, etc) should be routed through this email, with attachments, to be logged in by SHPO admin. Subsequent correspondence will be directly conducted by/with your SHPO reviewer. 

The National Register of Historic Places was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and amended in 1980. It is the Nation's official listing of prehistoric and historic properties worthy of preservation. It affords recognition and protection for districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. This significance can be at the local, state, or national level. The National Register serves both as a planning tool and as a means of identifying buildings, sites, and districts that are of special significance to a community and worthy of preservation.

Arizona State Historic Preservation Office: (602) 542-4009
Arizona National Register Coordinator: William (Bill) Collins, (602) 542-7159 or

Arizona Historic Property Inventory Form

Your first step to determining the eligibility of a property / site to the National Register of Historic Places. Complete the Historic Property Inventory Form with information about the history and current condition of the property. Include photographs and a site map. Return to with your request for a determination of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Property Inventory Form

What the National Register Does

  • Listing of a building, site, or district affords it a certain prestige. This can enhance the value of the property and raise community awareness and pride.
  • Income-producing (depreciable) properties which are listed in the National Register may be aided by the tax incentive provisions of the Tax Reform Act of 1976 and Economic Recovery Act of 1981 which encourage rehabilitation and discourage demolition.
  • In Arizona the Arizona State Historic Preservation Act of 1982 authorizes a reduction in property tax assessment for non-income-producing properties listed on the National Register. There is also a property tax incentive program for rehabilitations of listed income-producing properties.
  • Listing in the National Register provides a measure of protection from demolition or other negative effects by federally funded or licensed projects through comment by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation as stated in Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and Executive Order 11593. A stewardship and management program of state owned properties outlined in the Arizona State Historic Preservation Act of 1982 has established a similar review process for state agencies. This review procedure is part of the planning process for all federal and state assisted projects.

What the National Register Does Not Do

  • It does not prevent the owner of a listed property from remodeling, repairing, altering, selling, or even demolishing a building listed in the National Register with other than federal or state funds. It also does not obligate an owner to make any repairs or improvements to the property. Owners of income-producing (depreciable) property may not be able to deduct the cost of demolition.
  • It does not prevent the use of city or private funds for demolition or other adverse effects to a property on the National Register.
  • It does not provide assurance that a federal or state project cannot adversely affect a listed property under any circumstance. It only assures a federal/state-level review of all federal/state funded or licensed projects that may have an adverse effect.

National Register Plaques

So your building is listed on the National Register, and you would like to proudly display one of those bronze National Register plaques on the side of your home.  Unfortunately, neither the SHPO office, nor the National Register program supply these plaques, and they must be purchased directly by the homeowner from a third party.  The exact wording for any plaque is at the homeowner's discretion.  You can find examples of National Register plaques on the following sites, however you may order from any company you wish.

Erie Landmark Company    |    Classic Bronze Resources

Information about National Register of Historic Places - Learn More

National Register Nomination Forms and Information - Click Here



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