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Listing Individual Properties in the National Register
Before You Begin
Cherry House, Astoria
Cherry House, Astoria
Is it Eligible?
The first step in listing a single property in the National Register is to complete a Historic Resource Record (HRR). The form asks those interested in listing a property to briefly describe the resource and why they believe it is eligible for the National Register, as well as submit exterior and interior photographs of the resource. HRR submissions can be delivered in person, or by regular mail, or email. SHPO staff will answer these requests within two to four weeks, often sooner.
Using standards established by the National Park Service and information provided in the HRR, SHPO staff will give their opinion on the property's eligibility for the National Register, and give advice on potential research strategies. SHPO staff will also include useful information about the National Register and how to complete a nomination form in the HRR response. 
Historic Resource Record [doc]

What Does Listing Mean? 
Owners of properties listed in the National Register choosing to take advantage of federal and state tax benefits and grant programs must comply with federal standards. Oregon State law requires local governments to review proposals to demolish or relocate properties listed in the National Register. ​Local governments have the authority to form local historic districts and landmarks, and may also create additional protections for properties listed in the National Register through a separate local process.

To find out more about how your local government may regulate National Register listed properties, please contact the local planning office.

For More Information
National Register Program - SHPO webpage that describes the National Register program and listing process 
National Register Benefits and Responsibilities - SHPO webpage that describes programs available to property owners with National Register properties and applicable land-use laws

Oregon Grants - SHPO webpage that describes available grants to owners of National Register properties and other cultural resources and institutions

Tax Incentives Program - SHPO webpage that describes tax benefit programs available to National Register properties
Professional Contractors List - Directory of contractors offering various services from historic building building to National Register nomination preparation 

Completing the National Register Nomination
Roba Ranch, Crook County
Roba Ranch, Crook County

A National Register nomination is a federal document that has specific technical requirements. SHPO staff can assist preparers as needed with nomination forms, but do not complete nominations for preparers.
The following documents and guides include all necessary instructions for completing a National Register nomination. Please note that the example nomination in National Register Bulletin 16A, "How to Complete the National Register Registration Form," is outdated and does not meet current National Register standards. Please contact the SHPO if you would like a current example nomination.

Instructions and Forms


National Register Forms

- Historic Resource Record (HRR) 

Useful Resources

- Preparing National Register Nominations in Oregon