Steps in Applying to the National Register in Illinois  

Note: The National Register of Historic Places is a federal program, and all applicants go through similar procedures. Except for properties located on federal or tribal lands, applications for properties are initiated in the state in which the property is located. (For additional information, visit the website for the National Register of Historic Places maintained by the National Park Service.)

Millikin PlaceStep 1: The applicant reviews information about the National Register either from this Web page or from materials received from our office (the content of all materials sent by the office are available on this site.)

Step 2: The applicant sends information to the staff for advice about the suitability of a place for listing in the National Register. This information will assist us in determining whether or not your property or neighborhood may merit National Register listing ( click here for the information requirements).

Step 3: The applicant receives an advisory staff opinion and full application materials if the staff believes the place to be a likely candidate for the National Register. If the applicant receives a negative staff opinion, but wishes to prepare a nomination form, they can request the full application materials. The points in the staff's advisory letter will deserve special attention in the nomination form. The points raised by the staff anticipate difficult questions that will likely be raised by subsequent reviewers. Applicants with properties within a Certified Local Government community may be required to provide additional documentation.

House in Decatur Historic DistrictStep 4: The applicant must return a complete nomination form (required information including maps, photographs and slides). If the information is incomplete or incorrect, the applicant will receive an explanation of the additional required material.

Step 5: If the property is within a Certified Local Government (CLG) community, the community has the authority to comment on the eligibility of the property for listing on the National Register. The form will be forwarded to the local government to review and submit its opinion to this office. The applicant should be aware of an additional 60-day review period for properties within Certified Local Government communities. Applicants with properties within a CLG are encouraged to contact the local historic preservation commission at an early stage in the nomination process. Applicants with properties NOT in a CLG may skip this step.

Step 6: The complete and correct nomination form will be scheduled for the next meeting of the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council. There are deadlines throughout the year for the Council meetings. The owner of the property and the relevant local government are notified of the Council's pending consideration and are given at least 30 days before the Council's meeting to comment on the proposed designation. In cases where there are more than 50 owners within a proposed historic district, owners will be given general notice by newspaper legal notice. At the Council meeting, the applicant and other interested parties can address the Council relative to the proposed designation, according to the Council By-Laws.

Step 7: If the Council advises for designation of the property, the nomination will be forwarded to the State Historic Preservation Officer of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, who evaluates the place and can nominate it to the National Register.

Step 8: The Keeper of the National Register, Washington, D.C., who has the final authority to designate a place, will review the nominated place. All interested parties will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed designation. If the nomination is approved, the place is designated in the National Register of Historic Places.