The National Register of Historic Places is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. More than 95,000 properties across the country, including nearly 2,000 in Michigan, have been listed in the National Register. The National Register is a program of the National Park Service and administered by the states. In Michigan, the National Register program is administered by the State Historic Preservation Officer and the staff of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
These historic properties tell the stories of our communities, our state, and our nation. They illustrate our shared history, instill a sense of pride in our communities, and provide recognition of our historic places. Listing in the National Register provides opportunities for promotion, makes available certain incentives like grants and tax credits that foster investment in our cities, towns, and villages, and allows for the consideration of historic resources when federal funding or permits are involved.
Properties are nominated to the National Register by the State Historic Preservation Officer, however anyone may prepare a National Register nomination. Learn more about the National Register program, how to nominate a property, and obtain forms and guidance from the National Park Service and SHPO, at the links below.
National Register Forms
National Register of Historic Places Preliminary Questionnaire
If you would like the SHPO staff to evaluate a historical site in Michigan, this is the form to use and the place to start.
Guidance and Instructions
Listing Property in the National Register of Historic Places in Michigan: An Overview of the Process
An introduction to the National Register of Historic Places program in Michigan. This document provides an overview of the process and requirements for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Forms, Documents, and Guidance from the National Park Service
For National Register of Historic Places nomination forms, federal instructions and further guidance (photographs, mapping, etc), results of listing, information on tax benefits, and the rights of owners during the designation process, please visit the National Park Service's website.