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The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic resources worthy of preservation. The first historical registry was established by Congress in 1935, and designated properties of national importance as National Historic Landmarks. In 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act (80 Stat. 915, as amended) established a National Register of Historic Places to include districts, sites, structures, buildings, and objects of local, state, and national significance.

New Jersey Register of Historic


TheNew Jersey Register of Historic Places is the official list of New Jersey's historic resources of local, state, and national interest. Created by the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act of 1970 (N.J.S.A. 13:1B-15.128 et seq.), the New Jersey Register is closely modeled after the National Register program. Both Registers have the same criteria for eligibility, nomination forms, and review process. Nearly every municipality in New Jersey has properties significant in architecture, history, archaeology, engineering and/or culture that are eligible for the New Jersey and National Registers.

Benefits of Listing

Inclusion in the National Register enables the owner of a property to take advantage of financial benefits, such as a 20% federal income tax credit for a substantial rehabilitation of an income-producing building. The rehabilitated building must be a certified historic structure that is subject to depreciation, and the rehabilitation must be certified as meeting standards established by the National Park Service. For properties listed in the New Jersey Register, the New Jersey Historic Trust offers
matching grants and low-interest loans for rehabilitation and restoration to state, county and municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations. Several counties also offer similar grants.

The New Jersey and National Registers provide a degree of review and protection from public encroachment. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, provides for review of any federally licensed, financed or assisted undertaking for properties listed in, or eligible for listing in, the National Register. The New Jersey Register law requires review of any state, county or municipal undertaking involving properties listed in the New Jersey Register. These reviews are designed to prevent destruction or damage of historic resources by public agencies.


State Review
Board Meeting

March 14

July 18

November 14

State Review
Board Meeting

March 16

July 13

November 16

(All PDF format)

Anyone can prepare a New Jersey and National Register application. Applications are typically prepared by individuals, cultural or historical organizations, government agencies, and professional consultants. Completed applications are submitted to the Historic Preservation Office where a staff member reviews and evaluates them for eligibility, technical completeness, and substantive sufficiency. Property owners and county and local officials are notified and given an opportunity to comment, and a public meeting is held for large historic districts.

Applications are then presented to the New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Sites (See meeting schedule at left), which is made up of professionals in the fields of architecture, history, architectural history, archaeology, and landscape architecture. If passed by the State Review Board, the application is prepared for the SHPO's signature. Once signed by the SHPO, the property is listed in the New Jersey Register and simultaneously recommended for the National Register. The nomination is then sent to Washington for consideration for the National Register.

Meeting Location: Until further notice, all SRB meetings will be held virtually. See the current agenda for meeting details and links.

Meeting Time: 10:00am

Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 10:00 am

Online Public Meeting

Meeting Access Information:

(PDF format )

  • Call to Order
  • Public Meeting Notice
  • Roll Call of Members
  • Opening Announcements
  • Approval of Minutes for meeting of November 16, 2023

Old Business

New Business

Closing Announcements

  • HPO Staff Report


Preliminary Application

The preliminary application is used by the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) to help our evaluation of the eligibility of properties for listing in the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Please be advised that this document is not an application for listing, only for judging eligibility. In addition, individuals seeking investment tax credits for certified rehabilitations under the federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program are encouraged to complete the Historic Preservation Certification Application, Part One, in place of this form. Use of this form should reduce the time and money you spend, by ensuring that a nomination is not prepared for listing a property that is not eligible.
The preliminary application consists of:

We encourage all applicants to make sure that all sections of the questionnaire and survey forms are complete and that the background information is presented in a well-organized, clear and concise manner. If you are not sure how to respond to a particular section of the package, please contact the HPO, New Jersey and National Register Section via email or by calling (609) 984-0176.


Forms and Publications:

  1. Preliminary Application Package: New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places vs. Local Designation Fact Sheet (PDF Format)NR Bulletin #15: How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation (NPS Website)NR Bulletin #16A: Guidelines for Completing National Register Forms (NPS Website)
  2. New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act (N.J.S.A. 13:1B-15.128 et seq.) (HTML)
  3. New Jersey Register of Historic Places Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:4) Readopted with Technical Changes effective July 2, 2015 (PDF Format)

Useful Links :

  1. National Park Service Links to the Past National Register of Historic Places Program (NPS Website)National Historic Landmarks Program (NPS Website)National Register Bulletins (NPS Website)
  2. Other Links

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