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Important Links for Forms & Publications 

Note: To read or print the PDF of a form, when available below, Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer. DHR can also provide a hardcopy of any of the documents listed below.

Click on a program area below to scroll quickly to relevant forms and applications for the program:

Archaeology  /  Archives  /  Certified Local Government (CLG)  /  Easements  /  Environmental Review  /  Historical Highway Markers
Historic Registers  /  Rehabilitation Tax Credits  / 


Burial Permits:

These forms are for archaeologists who plan on or expect to conduct investigations involving human burials on state lands. For important information about burial permits and relocation of human remains, please visit this webpage.

Investigation on State-Owned Lands:

Threatened Sites:

Archaeological sites are some of Virginia's most fragile resources. The Threatened Sites Program offers emergency funding for archaeological sites endangered by erosion, impending development, or vandalism. The program has saved archaeological remnants at sites across Virginia, providing important information about our past that would have been lost.

Archaeology homepage.



Archives Search Service.

For the fee schedule, services description, and submission requirements to have DHR archives staff process your research request, visit the Archives Search Service section of this site. The request form below also includes the required Conditions for Use statement that must be signed and returned with the request.

  • Archives Search Request and Conditions for Use Agreement: PDF  Word

Permission to Reproduce and Publish an Image:

Use this form to request permission to reproduce and publish an image from the department's archives. The form is provided as an interactive PDF that can be filled out. (You will need to download the form first to fill it out.) Please sign either print version or a digital version (using a electronic signature) and submit the form to Randy Jones, Publications Manager.

Archives homepage.


Certified Local Government (CLG)

CLG homepage



Easements may be donated on properties that are listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register either individually or as contributing properties in historic districts, or properties that are located on historically significant battlefields. A property must be officially registered as a historic landmark, or included as a "contributing" resource in a registered historic district before the easement donation can be accepted. To learn more about the Historic Preservation Easement program, go here.

Easements homepage.

Environmental Review (Division of Review and Compliance)

The Project Review Application form is for those who are seeking comment from the department on a project that will be funded, assisted, or licensed by a federal agency on behalf of a federal agency. To streamline the process, a separate form has been created for cell tower project applications.

Pursuant to the Virginia Antiquities Act (§10.1-2301 through 2303 Code of Virginia), DHR has the responsibility to coordinate all archaeological study on state-owned and -controlled land and is given exclusive right and privilege to conduct field investigations on state lands, but may grant those privileges to others through a permit process. All permit applications must include a specific study area, detailed justification and methodology, reporting and curation plan, and land-owner permission. A qualified archaeologist who will complete the work must be identified at the time of application.

General cemetery protection laws make it a felony to remove human remains from a grave without a court order or appropriate permit. Pursuant to the Virginia Antiquities Act (§10.1-2305 Code of Virginia), DHR may permit archaeological field investigations involving the removal of human remains and artifacts from graves. All permit applications must include a provision for appropriate public notice prior to issuance of a permit, a treatment and analysis plan, and a plan for the disposition of the remains upon completion of the research. A qualified archaeologist and physical anthropologist or similar professional must be identified at the time of application.

Cave Collection Permit:

Pursuant to the Cave Protection Act (§ 10.1-1000 Code of Virginia) a permit shall be obtained from the Department of Conservation and Recreation prior to excavating or removing any archaeological, paleontological, prehistoric, or historic feature of any cave. DHR must concur that the permit is in the best interest of the Commonwealth and that the applicant is qualified and recognized in the appropriate field of study. All permit applications must include a detailed statement of the objectives and expected benefit of the project. The prior written permission of the owner of the site is required. Contact DCR’s Natural Heritage Division for more information.

Underwater Exploration or Recovery Permits:

Pursuant to § 10.1-2214 Code of Virginia, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission has the authority to permit underwater archaeological investigations on historic resources on bottomlands owned by the Commonwealth. DHR is consulted prior to the issuance of the permits and is charged with determining which properties are historic. Contact VMRC for more information.

Environmental Review / Division of Review and Compliance homepage.


Historical Highway Markers

The first step in proposing a new historical marker requires that a sponsor submit an application to DHR. Please see the Highway Marker section of this website for more information.

  • Highway Marker Application: Word / PDF

Highway Markers homepage.


Historic Registers: Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places

The forms below serve as the starting points for the historical and architectural documentation that DHR staff needs in order to assess your property's eligibility for the registers. Refer to the guide to the evaluation process before beginning. Once completed, the form(s) must be submitted to your nearest regional office. Please note that the evaluation process for submitted forms usually takes three to four months to complete.

Preliminary Information Forms:

Forms for National Register of Historic Places (use for Virginia Landmarks Register also)

Back to the Historic Registers homepage. For more guidance materials on registers, see this webpage.


Rehabiliation Tax Credit Forms

Please note: A review of rehabilitation expenses by a CPA is required for all projects. An Agreed-Upon Procedures (AUP) engagement will be conducted for projects with rehabilitation expenses of less than $500,000. The CPA’s resulting AUP report, which includes a supporting schedule of rehabilitation expenses, schedule of construction costs, and relevant disclosure notes, is submitted with the Part 3 application. DHR requires that a CPA conduct an audit of rehabilitation expenses for projects with expenses of $500,000 or more, to provide assurance that the expenses meet the requirements of the program and are eligible for the tax credit. The CPA’s resulting audit report - which includes a supporting schedule of rehabilitation expenses, schedule of construction costs, and relevant disclosure notes - is submitted with the Part 3 application.

To ensure that your historic rehabilitation is eligible for state income tax credits, you need to complete the three-step certification process. An application checklist is provided to guide you in submitting your application. The first step is to print and fill in the Part 1 Application and send it to the address provided, together with the other materials noted on the checklist. If you are planning to apply for the federal credit as well as the state credit, note that your application should include two copies of the federal form, which can be obtained on the National Park Service website.

The department's tax-credit staff will contact you about moving forward. Note: Parts 2 and 3 require a processing fee, due to increasing cost in processing the applications; use the Billing Statement form to determine the fee for your application. 

(In order to read and print the following forms, Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer (free software). Download Acrobat Reader now. For your convenience, the application forms are also provided as Microsoft Word files, which enables you to enter data via your computer.)

Virginia Tax Credit Application

Part I  "Evaluation of Significance" PDF Word Doc
Part II "Description of Rehabilitation" PDF Word Doc
Part III "Request for Certification of Completed Work" PDF Word Doc

Additional Documents Pertaining to Program Changes Implemented February 10, 2016:
Other Important Documents for Virginia Tax Credit Application & Projects

Back to Tax Credits homepage.

Updated: 3.29.17