The THC’s new “DOE Direct” online submission system is the most efficient way to request National Register eligibility determinations. Submissions are recorded in the THC's project database and the documentation can be shared immediately among the THC’s National Register staff. Create an account and find more information about this system on the THC's “DOE Direct” page.

DOE Direct

General Information about Requesting a Determination of Eligibility (DOE)

Properties that are eligible for listing in the National Register must be significant and retain integrity. THC staff can determine if a property is eligible for listing in the National Register after reviewing documentation about the history of the property, along with current photographs. If eligible, the THC staff will advise applicants on the best strategies for preparing nominations and will provide sample nominations to use as guides.

Electronic submissions through the “DOE Direct” system are preferred, and must be assembled into a single PDF document:

To request a Determination of Eligibility (DOE), please submit the following materials:

  • A cover page with the applicant’s contact information (name, mailing address, email address, and phone number), and the historic name and physical address of the property under consideration.
  • A history of the property, including:
    • Date of construction and other significant dates (such as dates of alterations).
    • Overview of the property or district's history, including physical changes during and after the historic period
    • Biographies of significant persons, if applicable.
  • Clearly-labeled current color photographs of the property or district.
    • For districts, include photos of representative properties, both historic and non-historic.
  • Current and historic maps and plans.
    • For individual buildings and small complexes under single ownership, identify the original footprint and additions of each building, along with the dates of construction.
    • For districts, include a map indicating proposed boundaries.
    • Include links to online maps and/or coordinates.
  • Copies of historic photos.
  • If the applicant is not the property owner, include the owner's contact information (name, email address, phone number, and mailing address).

If you have any questions, contact the THC's National Register Coordinator, Gregory Smith.