Frequently Asked Questions

What is the National Register and how can I get my building listed?

The National Register of Historic Places is an inventory, or listing, of the places and buildings that have contributed to the nation’s history. There are more than 3,000 Knoxville and Knox County properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Together, they tell the story of Knoxville’s settlement, economic and historic development, and architecture. Owners of those properties have welcomed their listing as recognition of the properties’ importance and history.

Inclusion on the National Register requires an extensive application process, administered through the Tennessee Historical Commission (THC) and involving several drafts and revisions of a written nomination. The THC’s National Register review board evaluates the final draft of the nomination, and if approved, it is sent to the National Park Service for review, approval, and inclusion on the National Register. For more information, please contact Knox Heritage.