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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Historic Preservation Easements

Process for Donating an Easement

Upon receipt of a completed Easement Application Form (PDF or Word doc) and supporting documentation, DHR easement staff will notify the landowner and the easement offer will be placed on the next meeting agenda of the Easement Acceptance Committee. DHR has an Easement Acceptance Committee that considers each easement offer. The Committee reviews the historic significance and integrity of the property as well as its character-defining architectural, archeological features and/or setting and landscape features. This Committee meets on a bi-monthly basis.

Once the Easement Acceptance Committee recommends approval, the offer is presented to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources for approval. The Board meets on a quarterly basis in March, June, September, and December. After the Board formally approves the easement offer, the easement deed can be signed and recorded. This process takes an average of at least twelve months.

Please use this link to download a PDF document that outlines in detail the easement donation process.

Updated: 7.17.2015