Historic Preservation Survey

A Historic Survey is the first step taken by our State Historic Preservation Office to support community-led preservation initiatives. The goal of county historic surveys is to identify any historic buildings or structures that are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and have historic significance to a particular county.

The data collected from the survey is compiled into a report and made available to the community free of charge. These reports can be used to create a historic preservation plan or to participate in other state preservation programs.

A historic resource survey identifies the historic resources of a county, city, town, or neighborhood to help communities make more informed policy decisions, especially those pertaining to historic preservation.

Members of our Historic Preservation Office will often conduct surveys for their respective programs. We will also occasionally hire expert contractors to conduct surveys. Certified Local Governments (CLGs) are authorized and encouraged to conduct surveys of their respective communities.

A geographic survey will look at buildings, structures, and even objects. A thematic survey is focused on a single type of structure like bridges, movie theaters, or courthouses. Properties must be at least 40-years old to warrant a survey.

No. The only time a survey would be conducted within a building is if a property owner has requested an assessment for National Register and/or tax credit eligibility.

We always hold a public meeting that is advertised in local newspapers before we conduct a county survey.

You can check our Historic Preservation Office's page on our website. There you can find interactive maps with information on surveys, the National Register of Historic Places in Nebraska, and historical markers. You can also contact the SHPO to see if we have photographs, old Sanborn or Plat maps, or survey information in our archives. While our records are not comprehensive, it's always worth taking a look!

A surveyor typically looks at roof materials, windows, doors, towers/chimneys, and distinct architectural features for clues that indicate the age of a building. A surveyor will also note details like layout, number of stories, building material(s), and brick patterns.

Surveyors take photographs of the exterior of buildings, map out the age and integrity requirements of each building, and take notes on distinctive features. If the survey is more intensive, a surveyor might also conduct thorough historical research and conduct interviews with knowledgeable people. Most surveyors use electronic tablets to record this information.

No, a survey will never infringe on your rights as a property owner.

Kate Hewlings

Survey Coordinator
Standing Structure Site Search Coordinator
kate.hewlings@nebraska.gov

402-471-4770

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