Information for Government Agencies
The Maryland Historical Trust provides a variety of technical, advisory, and research resources for local, state, and federal government agencies. 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.
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.
How can I do research at the MHT Library?
What are the Standards and Guidelines for surveying historic resources?
We are using State or Federal funds or permits for our project, what do we do now?
What financial incentives are available to our agency?
What should I do if MHT holds a preservation easement on our property?
What happens if our project is in a local historic district?
How can our agency 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.
This page updated: July 17, 2014