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Completing a Preliminary Information Form, The First Step toward Listing a Property on the Historic Registers

The first step toward potentially listing a property or historic district on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places begins with completing a Preliminary Information Form.

DHR register program staff created this 7+ minute video about the importance of the PIF and what DHR staff look for when evaluating a property using the PIF. The good news is that the 3-page form is relatively simple to complete. If you want some tips or just familiarize yourself with the form before beginning, this video is a great place to start.

Updated August 19, 2020