Nominations to Register of Historic Places
Here you'll find guidance for preparing a typical Wisconsin nomination to the State Register and the National Register of Historic Places. It is a supplement to the information found in National Register Bulletin 16A: How to Complete the National Register Registration Form.
This online information is not intended to replace the Bulletin 16A or any other National Register bulletins. You may want to review the fundamentals of how to list a property. For more complicated or unusual nominations, it may be necessary to consult several National Register bulletins.
What you'll find in this manual
In the supplementary manual for nominations to the State Register and the National Register of Historic Places, you'll find information on:
The information in this manual may also be used to document Determinations of Eligibility under the Section 106 Review Process. Documentation requirements for Determinations of Eligibility can be found in the Survey Manual.
Do you need a National Register nomination preparer?
The advice provided in this online information is intended for professional consultants, researchers, writers, and other members of the public. The National Register has extremely demanding requirements. Non-professionals often have great difficulty preparing adequate State Register and National Register nominations. For this reason, the State Historic Preservation Officer suggests that those unfamiliar with the process hire an experienced preparer.
Before you begin
Prior to beginning the nomination process, determine the eligibility of your historic property or historic resource. Confirming potential eligibility helps ensure that it meets National Register criteria and is an indicator of a successful conclusion to the nomination process.
Eligibility may be determined by:
Make sure your nomination form is complete
Nomination forms that are not fully complete are normally returned without action by the staff or the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board. Watch for missing technical information and closely follow the instructions in this document and in National Register Bulletin 16A.
It is the responsibility of the preparer to assure all facts are correct and adequately documented and to make any revisions or corrections necessary after the form has been reviewed. If questions arise in the course of preparing a nomination, division staff will be happy to advise.
All nomination materials, including the nomination form, all images and maps become the property of the Wisconsin Historical Society.