Historic Preservation Certification Application

The historic rehabilitation tax credits are available for any qualified project that the Secretary of the Interior designates as a certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure. Federal income and estate tax deductions for charitable contributions of partial interests in a historic property designated a certified historic property are also available. To qualify for these tax incentives, property owners must complete the appropriate part or parts of the Historic Preservation Certification Application.

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As of March 1, 2021, all certification applications submitted to State Historic Preservation Offices must use these forms (header of each form dated "Rev. 2019"). Previous versions of the forms are not accepted.

All fees for review of applications are paid through Pay.gov.

National Park Service (NPS) approval of applications and amendments to applications is conveyed only in writing by duly authorized officials of the Federal Government. The NPS certification decision is made on the basis of the descriptions in the application form. In the event of any discrepancy between the application form and other, supplementary material submitted with it (such as architectural plans, drawings, and specifications), the application form takes precedence. Photographs, architectural plans, drawings, and other materials submitted with the application become the property of the NPS and may be reproduced by it without permission.

Submission of Applications

Completed applications are submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Two copies of the application are required, one to be retained by the SHPO and the other by the NPS. The SHPO will forward applications to the NPS, generally with a recommendation. State recommendations are generally followed, but by law all certification decisions are made by the NPS on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. The NPS decision may differ from the recommendation of the SHPO.

Parts 1 and 2 of the application may be submitted separately or together. If submitted separately, Part 1 must precede Part 2. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications describing proposed work and to receive approval from the NPS prior to the start of construction. Owners who undertake rehabilitation projects without prior NPS approval do so at their own risk.

Parts 1 and 2 of the application will each generally be reviewed within 60 days of receipt of a completed, adequately documented application (30 days at the State level and 30 days at the Federal level). Notification of certification decisions is made in writing by the NPS. A copy of each notification is provided to the Internal Revenue Service and to the SHPO.

Applicants are strongly advised to consult the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) early in the process of preparing an application.

Last updated: October 24, 2022