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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 navigate quickly to relevant forms and applications within a program area:

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


  • Burial Permits: (For important information about burial permits and relocation of human remains, please visit this webpage.)
  • Permit Application for Removal of Human Burials (PDF) (Word Doc)
  • Application for (Archaeological) Investigation on State-Owned Lands
  • 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. Contact DCR's Natural Heritage Division for more information.
  • Threatened Sites Project Proposal Form (Word Doc.)
  • 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.

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Certified Local Government (CLG)

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Easements homepage / Back to Top of Page

Environmental Review (Division of Review and Compliance)

The Project Review Application forms:

 Division of Review and Compliance homepage / Back to Top of Page

Historical Highway Markers

  • Highway Marker Application: Word / PDF

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

Historic Registers homepage. For more guidance materials on registers, see this webpage.
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Rehabiliation Tax Credit Forms

To ensure that your historic rehabilitation is eligible for state income tax credits, you need to complete the three-step certification process. For the first step, please complete the Part 1 Application (below) and send it to the address provided, together with the other materials noted on this application 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.

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Updated: 5.2.18