U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CERTIFYING REGISTRATION FORMS
Section 3 is completed by State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs), Federal Preservation Officers (FPOs), and other Federal officials. The certifying official (the official initiating the action) completes the first signature block. The commenting official (any State or Federal official whose comment is required under the National Register regulations, 36 CFR Part 60) completes the second signature block. (Local government officials, including those in CLGs, and other persons may express their opinions in a letter accompanying the form.)
For nominations to the National Register, the certifying official is usually the SHPO of the state where the property is located or, in the case of a Federal property, the FPO of the agency responsible for property. Requests for Federal determinations of eligibility are certified by an official of the Federal agency responsible for the property or Federal activity affecting the property.
The role of the SHPO, FPO, and other Federal officials, in each case, depends on several things: the action being requested, agency initiating the action, ownership of property, and requirements in 36 CFR Part 60.
To determine the appropriate certifying and commenting officials in a particular case, refer to Roles of Certifying and Commenting Officials.
By signing the form a certifying official:
By signing the form, a commenting official:
COMPLETING THE FIRST SIGNATURE BLOCK
The certifying official completes the first signature block by:
An official not believing the property meets the National Register criteria also marks the box for "see continuation sheet" and provides an explanation on a continuation sheet.
Each additional certifying official signs and dates a continuation sheet containing the following statement:
As the designated authority under the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, I hereby certify that this nomination meets the documentation standards for registering properties in the National Register of Historic Places and meets the procedural and professional requirements set forth in 36 CFR Part 60. In my opinion, the property ______ meets ______ does not meet the National Register criteria. I recommend that this property be considered significant ____ nationally ____ statewide ____ locally.
Any official not believing the property meets the National Register criteria may provide his or her explanation on the same continuation sheet.
COMPLETING THE SECOND SIGNATURE BLOCK
The commenting official , if any, completes the second signature block by:
Any commenting official not believing the property meets the National Register criteria also marks "x" in the box for "see continuation sheet" and provides an explanation on a continuation sheet.
Additional commenting officials sign a continuation sheet containing the following statement:
In my opinion, the property ______ meets ______ does not meet the National Register criteria.
The same continuation sheet may be used for the explanation of a commenting official not believing the property meets the National Register criteria.
A continuation sheet with the above statement may be used in place of the second signature block, if a certifying official chooses to send the commenting officials a copy of the completed registration form rather than the original.
Whenever continuation sheets are used for the opinions of commenting officials, the certifying agency should mark "x" in the box for "see continuation sheet" on the form and provide each commenting official with a continuation sheet ready to complete, sign, and date.
CERTIFYING PROPERTIES IN STATES WITH NO APPROVED STATE PROGRAM
In States with no approved State program, a local government official or a private individual may nominate properties directly to the National Register according to the procedures set forth in 36 CFR Part 60.
In these cases, section 3 is left blank and the individual or local official submits the completed form to the National Park Service with a letter. The letter must include the following items:
To find out if a State has an approved program, contact the National Park Service.
ESTABLISHING SIGNIFICANCE LOCALLY, STATEWIDE, OR NATIONALLY
National Register properties have significance locally, statewide, or nationally. When a property is evaluated for National Register listing, its significance is considered in relationship to other properties and property types within a common historic context, that is a historic theme, period and geographical area: for example, "Commercial Development of Greeneville, Tennessee, 1880 to 1930." This evaluation results in a finding that the property is eligible at one or several levels.
The certifying official marks "x" in one or more boxes to indicate his or her recommendation on the significance of the property. The recommendation must be supported by the documentation on the registration form, including the case made for significance and the development of historic context. Consult National Register Bulletin 15: How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation for guidance on establishing whether a property is significant locally, statewide, or nationally.
Mark "national" only if the property is documented as having national importance in the registration form and should be considered for designation as a National Historic Landmark. (See Chapter V, Documenting Nationally Significant Properties.)
ROLES OF CERTIFYING AND COMMENTING OFFICIALS
ACTION CERTIFYING COMMENTING OFFICIAL OFFICIAL ___________________________________________________________________________________ NOMINATIONS (including NONFEDERAL DETERMINATIONS OF ELIGIBILITY) Nomination of private and/or nonfederal SHPO NONE publicly owned property Nomination of Federal Property FPO SHPO Nomination of a historic district including Federal property SHPO FPO (signature not required) Nomination of Federal property initiated by SHPO SHPO FPO Concurrent nomination by two or more SHPOs SHPOs of NONE concurring states Concurrent nomination by SHPO and Federal agency SHPO and FPO NONE Nominations of property Same roles as above for Concurrent owned by the Federal by SHPO and FPO, Nomination of Federal government and other owners Property by SHPO, or Nomination of a historic district including Federal property. Nomination of property in adjoining State(s) SHPO SHPO of initiating action adjoining state(s)
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