Upon receipt of a completed Easement Application Form 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's Easement Acceptance Committee reviews each easement offer, considering the historic significance and integrity of the property as well as its character-defining architectural, archeological features and/or setting and landscape features. The committee meets regularly throughout the year.
Once the Easement Acceptance Committee recommends acceptance, an easement 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.