THE EVALUATION PROCESS
To get a property listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, a property must first go through an evaluation and then, if it passes, a nomination process.
- Applicants first fill out what the Department of Historic Resources calls a Preliminary Information Form and submit it to the appropriate DHR regional office with supporting materials like property owner names and contact information, photographs, a map and local official contacts. To obtain a PIF, visit the DHR Register website.
- Members of the regional office staff review the PIF and forward to the Richmond office if the form is complete.
- The Richmond office then notifies the property owner and applicant upon the form's receipt and informs local officials that the DHR National Register Evaluation Committee will at the next meeting determine if the site conforms to Register criteria. The Committee might request further information from the owners or applicants.
- The Committee then lets the owner, applicant and local officials know of its decision whether or not to present a recommendation to the State Review Board.
- The DHR notifies the owner and applicant of the date and location of the State Review Board meeting 30 days prior to its taking place and two weeks prior the DHR supplies member of the Board with copies of the PIFs in consideration for that meeting, which is open to the public.
- With a majority vote, the Board may declare that a property does meet the criteria of the Register. It may require further information from the owner and applicants, which can be presented at a later meeting.
- The DHR informs the owner and applicant of the State Review Board's decision. If a property passes the evaluation process, applicants can move on to the nomination process, which officially registers historic properties as landmarks.
THE NOMINATION PROCESS
Nominations for the Virginia Landmark Register are simultaneously processed for inclusion on the National Register for Historic Places.
- Applicants can obtain a copy of a nomination form via the DHR website. They then submit a completed form to the regional office with all supporting materials, much like in the evaluation process.
- The regional office determines if further information is needed and, when the form is declared complete, it is sent on to the national register manager in the DHR office in Richmond. Nominations then are submitted for inclusion in a future meeting of the State Review Board and Board of Historic Resources. The DHR gives applicants and owners at least 30 days notice of the meeting date.
- Next the DHR informs local officials including the chair of the local Architectural Review Board about the impending meeting. At the meeting, these officials may give comment. Two weeks prior to the meeting, the DHR supplies Board members copies of the nominations.
- At the meeting, which is open to the public, the DHR presents the nominations to the Boards, which can request further information if necessary.
- Upon accepting the nomination, the State Review Board recommends that the State Historic Preservation Officer submit it to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places in Washington, D.C. If the Board of Historic Resources accepts the nomination, it is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register. The DHR informs owners and applicants of the Board recommendations.
- Upon receipt of a nomination from the State Historic Preservation Officer, the National Park Service enters it in and, after a review period of 45 days, the NPS informs the DHR of the property's listing on the national register. The DHR then informs owners and applicants. If the Keeper of the National Register rejects the nomination, the applicant can appeal for review.