The Alabama Historical Commission created the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage to recognize Alabama’s historic places and to encourage their continued preservation. The Alabama Register documents buildings, sites, structures, objects, districts, and cultural landscapes in Alabama that have historic integrity and significance. These properties may be of national, state, and local significance. The designation is honorary and carries no restrictions or financial incentives.  It also does not carry automatic listing in the National Register of Historic Places. All properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Alabama are considered listed in the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage. However, they will not appear on the official list of properties unless the property was first listed in the Alabama Register. 

Click HERE to begin exploring the interactive map of historic properties. This web map represents a plot of properties and historic districts listed in our various preservation programs. Locational data on this map is considered highly accurate at all map scales, unless a specific disclaimer is made in the attribute data (typically after the property name). This map is currently a work in progress; however, the map automatically updates as new details and attachments are added. For those that prefer, this data is also available as a GIS REST Service for use with ArcGIS for Desktop. Details are listed on the map’s contents page.


For those interested in purchasing a historical marker or plaque, please visit the Historical Marker page for more information.


To determine initial eligibility for the Alabama Register, all applicants must submit a Preliminary Information Form (PIF). The PIF is Step 1 of the Alabama Register process and is only used to judge potential eligibility. It is not the actual application to nominate a property. Listing a property requires in-depth research on part of the applicant. AHC staff use this form to determine if an applicant should move forward before time, effort, and potential costs are expended. If the PIF contains enough information to move forward with the formal nomination process, AHC staff will provide guidance on the next steps.

As of February 12, 2024, all applications for the Alabama Register program including the PIF must be submitted in electronic format to the Alabama Historical Commission. Paper and scanned forms, photographs, maps, and other supporting materials will no longer be accepted. All forms must be submitted electronically HERE for review and processing by the Alabama Historical Commission.


The National Register (NR) of Historic Places is the nation's official list of cultural resources, 50 years or older, worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a nationwide program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archaeological places.


For more information about the Alabama Register, contact Jada Jones at 334-230-2444 or