Surveying Vermont’s historic resources is the foundation of our preservation program. Statewide survey began in earnest in 1967 and strengthened by the Vermont Historic Preservation Act of 1975. During this time, more than 30,000 historical, architectural and archaeological properties have been recorded and added to the state’s inventory of historic sites; the Historic Sites and Structures Survey (HSSS). Administered by the Division for Historic Preservation, HSSS is an essential part of our program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect Vermont’s historic and archaeological resources.
Surveys go beyond the focus of the traditional landmark, recording vernacular farmsteads, everyday buildings, barns and agricultural outbuildings, planned developments and village centers, commercial buildings, cemeteries, factories, and Vermont’s iconic covered bridges. Properties are added to the HSSS either through comprehensive surveys that document all of the resources in a community or individually when the historic or architectural significance of a property is evaluated as part of the Project Review or nomination processes. To see what is documented in the Historic Sites and Structure Survey please use the Online Resource Center (ORC).
Historic Sites & Structures Survey Form
Use the appropriate HSSS form to record information about resources in your community. Completed forms and digital photographs can be emailed to Devin Colman, State Architectural Historian.
Individual Building HSSS Form (MS Word)
Determination of Eligibility Form (MS Word)
Use the Determination of Eligibility (DOE) form to request an assessment of whether or not a property meets the State or National Registers Criteria for Evaluation of eligibility. A positive determination finds that a property possesses sufficient integrity to support its historic or architectural significance. A negative finding means the property lacks historic integrity and/or significance and is unlikely to be approved for listing.
Determinations of Eligibility are not official listings but do offer some of the same incentives and requirements. A property will not be formally nominated to the State or National Registers of Historic Places without proper notification to the property owner(s).