The Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage is an
official listing of buildings, sites, structures,
objects, and districts worthy of preservation. These
properties, which may be of national, state, and
local significance, are deemed worthy of
preservation by the Alabama Historical Commission (AHC).
The designation is honorary and carries no
restrictions or financial incentives.
Unlike the National Register of Historic Places, a
federal program administered by the United States
Department of the Interior, the Alabama Register
(AR) was created by the AHC to provide the public
with a quick, easy way to bring recognition to
Persons interested in historic recognition are
encouraged to begin with the Alabama Register
program, as it helps AHC staff determine whether or
not a property is eligible for the National
Register. The Alabama Register includes properties
such as cemeteries, churches, moved properties,
reconstructed properties, and properties at least 40
years old which may not normally qualify for listing
in the National Register of Historic Places. We have
provided a guide to researching old buildings in
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of properties are eligible?
Properties at least 40 years old that are:
. associated with events of state or local
. associated with the lives of persons of state or
local significance, and/or
. representative of a type, style, or period of
architecture, and /or
. associated with Alabama’s history or prehistory
How can I get my property listed?
Complete the Preliminary
Information Form specifying the type of property
you wish to nominate (i.e. house, store, school,
church, cemetery), including a brief description and
history of the property. You may be contacted for
Does listing my property in the Alabama Register
automatically mean I will be listed in the National
Listing to the Alabama Register does not
automatically insure that a property meets the
eligibility requirements for the National Register.
If you are interested in having a property listed in
the National Register after it is listed in the
Alabama Register, please contact the staff for more
Can I get my property listed in the Alabama
Register and National Register at the same time?
The process of listing on both the Alabama and
National Registers can be completed simultaneously
if the property meets the criteria for both
programs; however, this effort must be coordinated
with the AHC Staff early in the process.
How long does it take?
Since the Alabama Register was created to provide a
speedy way to officially recognize Alabama’s
important historic properties, the process of
listing does not involve long delays. Although
properties are reviewed in a timely manner, the
length of time before the nomination is presented to
the Alabama Register Review Committee varies
dependent on the availability of the necessary
Why should I get my property listed to the
Many people find that listing in the Alabama
Register provides them with the recognition their
property needs in a relatively short amount of time.
Which properties are in the Alabama Register?
A list of properties
in the Alabama Register is available alphabetically
For more information, contact the
Alabama Register Hotline at (334) 230-2687.