Process for Listing Properties in National Register of Historic Places

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 established the National Register of Historic Places. Through surveys, properties are identified and evaluated for eligibility under the following National Register Criteria:

The property possesses integrity of location, design, setting, material, workmanship, feeling and association, and:
(A) is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our past; or
(B) is associated with the lives of persons significant in our past; or
(C) embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction or represents the work of a master, or possesses high artistic values, or represents a significant and distinguished entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
(D) has yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history.

The National Register Nomination process begins by preparing a National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. After review by the Tulsa Preservation Commission, the form is submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office in Oklahoma City. It is always a good idea to consult with the SHPO early in the process for a preliminary determination of eligibility. The SHPO also occasionally offers grants to assist property owners with the process; the Tulsa Preservation Commission will help property owners with grant applications.

Once approved at the state level, the nomination is forwarded to the Keeper of the Register in Washington, D.C. The Keeper of the Register has 45 days from the date of receipt of the nomination to act. The Keeper can: (1) list the property in the National Register; (2) issue a determination of eligibility in special circumstances; (3) reject the property for listing; or (4) return the nomination for additional information or clarification.

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