Information for Consultants

COntractor working on a historic property in Chestertown, Kent CountyThe Maryland Historical Trust provides a variety of technical, advisory, and research resources for consultants and contractors working on historic preservation projects in Maryland.  Below is a series of commonly asked questions and resources. 

How do I find out if a property is “historic?”

There is no one definition of a “historic” building.  Instead there are a variety of “historic” designations at the federal, state and local levels, with varying degrees of restrictions and protection.

Click here to learn about the different types of historic designations

Click here to learn about researching your property at MHT

Search the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties

Search the National Register of Historic Places

How do I list a property as “historic?”

To be listed on the National Register of Historic Places you must first submit a nomination form to the Maryland Historical Trust.  The nomination form must be completed in accordance with National Register Bulletin 16A How to Complete the National Register Registration Form bulletin).  Because the nomination process is extensive, you should contact the National Register Program Administrator before commencing work. 

To be included in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (MIHP) you must submit an application to MHT.    All inventory forms must be completed according to the Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland or the Standards and Guidelines for Archeological Investigations in Maryland.  Because of the programs detailed requirements, you should contact the Research and Survey Administrator before commencing work. 

Local historic district designation is only available in those jurisdictions that have enacted a Historic Area Zoning Ordinance.  To be designated as a local historic landmark, you must contact your local Historic Preservation Commission to determine the process.  To find a list of historic preservation commissions, click here.

What financial incentives are available to my client?

Your client may be eligible for a variety of financial benefits, including tax credits, loans, and grants, depending on their tax status (private individual, business owner, homeowner, nonprofit, government agency, etc).

Click here to learn about MHT's financial programs

How can I be recognized for completing a great preservation project?

The MHT Board of Trustees presents the Maryland Preservation Awards one a year at the Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference to recognize activities in historic preservation, architecture, archaeology, museums, cultural conservation, education, and related fields that represent the best of preservation in Maryland.  Individuals, nonprofit and for-profit organizations or institutions, museums, and federal, state and local agencies are all eligible to receive awards in any of the six categories: Heritage Book, Preservation Project, Preservation Service, Stewardship, Educational Excellence, and the Calvert Prize. 

Visit the Awards page for more details and nomination information.



This page updated: July 17, 2014