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National Register of Historic Places Program:
How to Complete the National Register Registration Form Bulletin Update

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.


The National Register (NR) of Historic Places program has initiated a project to update/revise the National Register Bulletin: How to Complete the National Register Registration Form.* This NR publication provides guidance for identifying, evaluating, and documenting properties that are historically significant in American history, architecture, engineering, landscape design, archeology, and culture at the local, state, and national levels of significance. 

We invite you to submit comments, clarifications, and/or recommendations on the current document that can be incorporated in its revision.  Your feedback may be submitted online either at: or via email at:  Respondents should identify their submission(s) as “NR Bulletin Revision Comments” in the email subject line. 

Respondents are strongly encouraged to review the current Bulletin and the guidance and regulations that govern the NR Program when considering potential revisions.  These documents are available on the NR website:  The current deadline for comments is December 31, 2017.

In addition, a National Register Bulletin Update Listening Session to receive and to discuss comments from State Historic Preservation Office staff was held on July 12, 2017, in Baltimore, MD.  Depending on project funding, additional listening sessions may be offered during FY2018.

National Register documentation is designed for use as a planning tool.  It documents the Nation's historic properties and identifies which properties should be considered for protection from destruction or impairment. Currently, there are more than 92,900 NR listings that represent 1,803,200 total contributing properties. Last revised in 1997, this NR Bulletin provides step-­by­-step guidance for completing the National Register of Historic Places, NPS Form 10­-900. Citizens, homeowners, consultants, Federal, Tribal, state, and local governments, and public and private agencies all apply this guidance in preparing National Register documentation and are encouraged to submit their recommendations to provide more current and publicly accessible guidance on completing a nomination form.  Please feel free to forward this announcement to others who may be interested.

If you have any questions, please contact your state’s NPS NR Reviewer.  For a list of NR Reviewers, visit


*Note:  This Bulletin is often referred to as “Bulletin 16” or “Bulletin 16A.”