Application Fees

The National Park Service (NPS) charges a fee to process Parts 2 and 3 of a Historic Preservation Certification Application.

There are two fee schedules:
Fee Schedule 1, for projects for which a Part 2 application was received by a SHPO on or after December 31, 2012; and
Fee Schedule 2, for projects for which a Part 2 application was received by a SHPO prior to December 31, 2012.

Review fees are paid through Pay.gov

Upper facade of The Rookery in Chicago

Fees are charged for the review of Historic Preservation Certification Applications, based upon the schedules listed below. The NPS cannot review your application until the fee is paid. Instructions for payment are included in your bill. Acceptable forms of payment are credit card and check.

Fee Schedule 1

For projects for which a Part 2 application was received by a SHPO on or after December 31, 2012

Fee schedule 1.

Fee Schedule 2

For projects for which a Part 2 application was received by a SHPO prior to December 31, 2012

Fee schedule 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are fees assessed?

Under Fee Schedule 1, one-half of the total fee will be billed upon receipt of a Part 2–Description of Rehabilitation. The remaining one-half will be billed upon receipt of a Part 3–Request for Certification of Completed Work. If Part 2 and Part 3 applications are received at the same time, the review fee will be assessed on the rehabilitation costs reported on the Part 3.

Under Fee Schedule 2, $250 of the total fee will be billed upon receipt of a Part 2–Description of Rehabilitation. Upon receipt of Part 3–Request for Certification of Completed Work, the total fee less the $250 already paid will be billed.

How are project costs determined?

Estimated project costs must be reported on both Part 2 and Part 3 of the application. The reported costs should be the estimated rehabilitation costs—that is, the project's estimated “Qualified Rehabilitation Expenditures” (QRE) pursuant to section 47 of the Internal Revenue Code. If Part 2 and Part 3 applications are received at the same time, the application review fee will be assessed on the rehabilitation costs reported on the Part 3.

I submitted Part 1 of my application prior to December 31, 2012, which fee schedule is applicable?

The applicable fee schedule is determined by the date the SHPO received Part 2 of your application—not Part 1. If Part 2 was received by the SHPO on or after December 31, 2012, then Fee Schedule 1 applies.

Part 2 was reviewed before December 31, 2012, but I am submitting Part 3 after this date. Which Fee Schedule applies?

If Part 2 of your application was received by the SHPO before December 31, 2012, then the Part 3 fee will be based on Fee Schedule 2, regardless of the date Part 3 is received.

I overestimated my total project costs at Part 2. How will my Part 3 fee be calculated under Fee Schedule 1?

If the estimated rehabilitation costs reported on the Part 3 application are lower than those reported on the Part 2 application previously submitted, then the Part 3 portion of the review fee will be based on the costs reported on the Part 3. No refund of the Part 2 fee difference—if any—will be made.

I underestimated my total project costs at Part 2. How will my Part 3 fee be calculated under Fee Schedule 1?

If the estimated rehabilitation costs reported on the Part 3 application are higher than those reported on the Part 2 application previously submitted, then the Part 3 portion of the fee will be 100% of the review fee less the Part 2 portion of the fee previously paid.

How are fees assessed for functionally-related complexes?

For a project involving multiple buildings that were functionally related historically pursuant to 36 CFR pt. 67, the application review fee will be based on the estimated rehabilitation costs of the entire project.

I have multiple applications for similar buildings. Is there a discount available?

No. For all applications received by a SHPO on or after December 31, 2012, NPS will not group applications of adjacent or contiguous buildings of the same architectural type, such as rowhouses, for the purposes of assessing the review fee. Under Fee Schedule 1, fees will be calculated for each individual property unless the buildings are within a functionally–related complex.

Exception: For Part 3 applications for a set of projects that were previously grouped for billing, the final fee will be assessed according to the schedule and grouping determined at payment of the Part 2 fee.

How are fees assessed for phased projects?

For a phased project pursuant to 36 CFR pt. 67, the application review fee will be based on the total estimated rehabilitation costs for all phases.

My project has changed substantially and a new Part 2 application is required, must I pay a new review fee?

Yes. Projects requiring submittal of a new Part 2 application will be assessed a review fee equal to the fee for a new Part 2 application under Fee Schedule 1. No refunds or credits toward the new application will be issued for the fees paid for the prior Part 2 application.

How will I receive my invoice and pay my bill?

Upon receipt of the Part 2 or Part 3 application, NPS generates an invoice that is mailed via the United States Postal Service to the address listed on the application. Where an email address is provided, NPS sends the invoice electronically. Payment is made through Pay.gov, the Department of the Treasury’s electronic payment system. Detailed instructions on how to use Pay.gov are included on the invoice.

You may check the status of your application online.