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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 17. Libraries and Cultural Resources
Agency 10. Department of Historic Resources
Chapter 30. Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit
9/28/2020

17VAC10-30-30. Certifications of Historic Significance.

A. Any property owner may consult with the Department of Historic Resources to determine whether a property is listed individually on the Virginia Landmarks Register, or whether a property is located within a historic district that is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register.

B. Properties listed individually on the Virginia Landmarks Register are certified historic structures. For individually listed properties that contain more than one building or structure, the owner shall prepare Part 1 of the Historic Preservation Certification Application, "Evaluation of Significance," according to the instructions accompanying the application, describe each building and structure present, and provide information, including:

1. Name and mailing address of the owner;

2. Name and address of the property;

3. Current photographs of each building and structure, and its site, showing exterior and interior features and spaces adequate to document the building's or structure's significance;

4. Brief description of the appearance of the building or structure, including alterations, characteristic features, and estimated date or dates of construction;

5. Brief statement of significance, summarizing how the building or structure reflects the recognized historic values of the property;

6. Map showing the location of each building or structure on the property; and

7. Signature of the owner requesting certification.

C. For properties located in registered historic districts, the applicant shall request that the Department of Historic Resources determine whether the property is of historic significance to the district. The applicant shall prepare Part 1 of the Historic Preservation Certification Application form according to the instructions accompanying the application, including:

1. Name and mailing address of the owner;

2. Name and address of the property;

3. Name of the historic district;

4. Current photographs of the building and its site, showing exterior and interior features and spaces adequate to document the property's significance;

5. Brief description of the appearance of the property, including alterations, characteristic features, and estimated date or dates of construction;

6. Brief statement of significance, summarizing how the property reflects the recognized historic values of the historic district;

7. Map showing the location of the property within the historic district; and

8. Signature of the owner requesting certification.

D. Properties containing more than one building, where the department determines that the buildings have been functionally related historically to serve an overall purpose, such as a mill complex or a residence and carriage house, will be treated as a single certified historic structure, whether the property is individually listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register or is located within a registered historic district. Buildings that are functionally related historically are those that have functioned together to serve an overall purpose during the property's period of significance. In determining the value of the property under 17VAC10-30-100, each building will be assessed individually. All buildings on the property are not required to be rehabilitated in order for the owner to participate in the program. However, the work at each building for which tax credits are sought must be a material rehabilitation.

E. Properties within registered historic districts will be evaluated to determine if they contribute to the historic significance of the district by application of the standards set forth in 17VAC10-30-40.

F. Owners of properties that are not listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register may request a determination from the department as to whether the property meets the criteria for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register. The department will provide written notification to the owner of determinations of eligibility. Wherever appropriate, the Director of the Department of Historic Resources may determine eligibility at his sole discretion. Properties determined by the department to be eligible for individual listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register are certified historic structures.

G. Owners of properties that are located in potential historic districts may request preliminary determinations from the department as to whether the potential historic district meets the criteria for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Owners of properties located in districts determined to be eligible for listing may apply for preliminary certification of their properties, as specified in 17VAC10-30-40. Applications for preliminary certification of buildings within eligible historic districts must show how the district meets the criteria for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register, and how the property contributes to the significance of that district, as specified in 17VAC10-30-40. Preliminary certifications will become final, and the properties will become certified historic structures, as of the date of listing the district on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Issuance of preliminary certification does not obligate the department to nominate the potential district. Owners proceed with rehabilitation projects at their own risk; if the historic district is not listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, the preliminary certification will not become final.

H. Owners of properties that have received preliminary certifications may apply for certification of rehabilitation projects, as specified in 17VAC10-30-50. Final certifications of rehabilitations will be issued only for certified historic structures.

I. A request for certification of historic significance may be submitted by an applicant who is not the owner of the property in question. In such cases, the applicant shall include a signed statement from the owner acknowledging the request for certification.

J. The Department of Historic Resources discourages the moving of historic buildings from their original sites. Under certain circumstances the relocation of historic buildings may be part of a historic rehabilitation project that can be certified. Building owners are advised that the relocation of a building that is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register may result in removal of the building from the Register. The relocation of a building that has been determined eligible for listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register may result in the loss of its eligibility. The relocation of a historic building into, from, or within a historic district or to or from an individual property listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, or that has been found eligible for listing, may result in removal of the district or property from the Register, loss of the eligibility of the district or property, or loss of the moved building's contributing status within the district or as part of the property. For historic rehabilitation projects involving moved buildings, the following procedures apply:

1. When a building is to be moved as part of a historic rehabilitation project for which certification is sought, the owner shall contact the department prior to moving the building and shall follow procedures specified by the department. It is recommended that the owner receive approval of the relocation plan by the department prior to relocation of the building, as improper relocation may result in denial of certification for the project. When a building is moved, every effort should be made to reestablish its historic orientation, immediate setting, and general environment. In certain special cases, when there is adequate documentation about the building before its relocation and about the moving process, it may be possible to certify historic rehabilitation projects involving moved buildings when participation of the department prior to the move did not occur. However, this approach is not recommended, and owners pursue it at their own risk.

2. For individual properties and properties in historic districts not listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register or not previously found eligible for listing, prior to the move the owner shall submit Part 1 of the Historic Preservation Certification Application to the department, according to subsections C, F, and G of this section.

3. For individual properties and properties in historic districts listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register or found eligible for listing, prior to the move the owner shall submit documentation to the department to determine whether the move is likely to result in the loss of listing or loss of eligibility for listing. Guidance on the type of documentation required can be obtained from the department.

4. Following the relocation of the building and its installation on a new site, reevaluation of the building will be necessary prior to rehabilitation to determine whether it is a certified historic structure. The owner shall submit Part 1 of the Historic Preservation Certification Application to the department, according to subsections C, F, and G of this section, presenting information about the building in its new location.

5. The relocation of a historic building into, from, or within a listed or eligible historic district, or to or from an individually listed or eligible property, may result in alterations to the boundary definitions of the district or property and will change the inventory of buildings in the district or on the individual property. The owner applying for certification of the historic rehabilitation project involving building relocation will be responsible for amending the district or property information and nomination accordingly, following guidance provided by the department.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-2202 and 58.1-339.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 22, Issue 13, eff. April 5, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 10, eff. February 10, 2016.

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