Nominations to the National Register

Missouri Requirements and Due Dates

Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places that contain fewer than 75 properties may be submitted for review by the National Register staff at the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at any time throughout the year to be scheduled for the appropriate Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (MOACHP) meeting.

Requirements for Large Districts

Nominations of a potential district of more than 75 properties will not be reviewed unless a survey is already on file with the SHPO. If no survey is on file one must be submitted to SHPO at least three months before a nomination is submitted in order to allow SHPO staff time to review the material and provide comments on eligibility to the preparer. Survey requirements for districts are described in the introductory chapter of the Missouri Guide to the National Register Process.

The Review Process

Whether prepared by private citizens or by consultants, most nominations – regardless of size – go through at least two drafts before consideration by the MOACHP at one of its meetings (schedule below). All submitted nominations must be reviewed by SHPO staff to ensure that they adequately document the property and its significance and meet the standards set by the National Park Service's National Register program. When needed, staff will provide written comments and/or a marked copy of the nomination to the preparer.

To assist preparers in providing the documentation necessary for the review of their nominations, the SHPO has compiled the Missouri National Register Guide (MO NR Guide) and a National Register Nomination Technical Checklist.

In order to have a nomination considered for review at a given meeting of the MOACHP a substantially complete draft nomination must be received by the posted deadline either by a pre-approved file sharing service (contact the SHPO for instructions), by mail or hand delivered, do not send a USB drive or email materials to SHPO staff as they will not be accepted. A substantially complete draft will include the following information in the appropriate format:

  • Complete National Register nomination form (Microsoft® Word® format): standard nomination form or multiple property documentation form.
  • Complete Section 7 with a summary, setting, clear exterior description, interior description (if a single site nomination) and integrity subsections.
  • Complete Section 8 with a summary, concise historic context, appropriate comparisons, a clear argument for significance and a conclusion.
  • Sources appropriately cited with footnotes (see MO NR Guide chapter on writing).
  • Complete bibliography.
  • Complete and accurate verbal boundary description and justification sections.
  • List of figures and photos.
  • Site plan or district map showing contributing and non-contributing resources.
  • Photo map showing number, location, and direction from which each photo was taken.
  • Map of the nominated resource(s) including lat/long coordinates, a north arrow, and a scale.
  • Current floor plans of at least the first floor (single site building nominations only. Please note additional floor plans of other floors may be required depending on where significant activities took place).
  • Digital photos in color, saved in TIF format and labeled per NPS standards ("MO_County_full name of nomination_0001", etc.). Photos must be taken within 12 months of a potential MOACHP meeting.
  • See information above for requirements for large district nominations.

Due with revision:

  • Current owner and elected official information following the guidance in the MO NR Guide.

Please refer to the MO NR Guide for further guidance on submission standards. Contact the SHPO if there are any questions concerning the requirements. It is highly recommended an eligibility assessment be completed prior to submitting a nomination. It is also recommended that first time preparers contact the SHPO early in the nomination process as staff can often times provide assistance. In cases where the eligibility of a nominated property is not clear, and cannot be easily addressed, the nomination will not be placed on the MOACHP agenda but will be treated as an Eligibility Assessment and SHPO staff comments pursuant to 36 CFR 60.11(c) will be sent to the preparer.

Draft nominations that do not meet the submission requirements as listed in the MO NR Guide will not be scheduled for an MOACHP meeting. Once required items are received, the draft nomination will be placed on the list to be reviewed by staff for consideration at a later MOACHP meeting.

Meeting Schedule and Deadlines for Submission of Nominations

Due dates for nomination submissions are set to provide the lead time necessary to allow time for staff to review and comment on the substantially complete draft nomination, as well as time for the preparer to make any necessary revisions. Once approved by staff, the nomination will be placed on the MOACHP Agenda for its next meeting.

Appropriately formatted complete drafts of all nominations regardless of location must be received at the SHPO on or before 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Initial Deadline Revision Deadline MOACHP
Meeting Date

Final Revision Deadline
(if approved by MOACHP)

Jan 2, 2024, 5 p.m. CST Feb 13, 2024, 5 p.m. CST Apr 12, 2024 May 10, 2024, 5 p.m. CST
Apr 1, 2024, 5 p.m. CST May 13, 2024, 5 p.m. CST Jul 12, 2024 Aug 9, 2024, 5 p.m. CST
Jul 1, 2024, 5 p.m. CST Aug 12, 2024, 5 p.m. CST Oct 11, 2024 Nov 8, 2024, 5 p.m. CST

Please note that submission by the due date does not guarantee that a nomination will be reviewed by the MOACHP at its upcoming meeting. SHPO staff will provide comments to the nomination preparer approximately 30 days after the Initial Deadline. No further drafts will be accepted prior to the associated MOACHP meeting after the Revision Deadline. If a nomination is approved by the MOACHP, a final draft will be due approximately 30 days following the meeting.