National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation. This list can include historic districts or individual properties. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service through each State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and was authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.


Listing on the National Register allows recognition of our most important historic resources and provides access to federal and state tax credits for rehabilitation of these properties. National Register listing does not include any restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property. However, properties that utilize federal or state tax credits must comply with Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the required period of time. All of Durham’s Local Historic Districts overlap with some portion of a National Register Historic District.

For information about National Register nomination, or state and federal tax credits, contact the SHPO at 919-807-6570 or visit their website.