Historic Preservation Survey


Surveys gather basic information on buildings, structures, sites, objects, districts, and archeological sites.


Surveys help community leaders understand the wealth of historic properties in their communities. They provide a basis for preservation and planning.


The survey reports include recommendations on National Register of Historic Places eligibility.


Recommendations are helpful if a project is subject to Federal or State Review and Compliance.

Basic survey types:

  • Geographic surveys (buildings, structures, and objects in an area, usually a county)
  • Thematic Surveys (certain types, such as bridges or court houses)

Survey consultants or researchers:

  • Research properties that are at least forty years old with a historic look and feel
  • Always stay within the public right-of-way
  • Never enter private property without permission
  • Take photographs
  • Write reports you can find online or at county libraries, local historical societies, or through interlibrary loan

No restrictions on properties result from the survey and inventory.
No maintenance requirements result from the survey and inventory.

Contact us for information about a specific property.

Use our contractor form if you would like to join the list of consultants who are willing to work in Nebraska.


Geographical features like watersheds help archeologists decide where to survey. Less than .05% of Nebraska has been surveyed for archeological sites.

Survey archeologists:

Archeological site location information is restricted by state law. This protects landowners and sites. If you have a site search question, contact the Curator of Archeological Collections.

Professional archeologists conduct most survey work in Nebraska. Use our contractor form if you would like to join the archeological contractors list and are willing to work in Nebraska.

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