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Guidelines for USGS Maps & District Site Plans

Beginning January 1, 2013, we will accept a printed color copy from a desktop printer, of a portion of a 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Map in place of a pre-printed map.

The USGS offers downloads of topographic maps for your use. 
Click here to access the USGS Map Locator and Downloader

It is also acceptable to submit a pre-printed, full size, 7.5-minute USGS Topographic Map from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Map Sales Section at 317-232-4200.

For All Nominations:

A copy or an original pre-printed United States Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle Map is required for all National Register applications. Your options are:

  1. Download a free quad map from the USGS. Please use only the official USGS website to download the 7.5-minute USGS Quad Map. Once you have downloaded the appropriate quad, you may print only the 8.5”x11”portion of the map that includes all of the site which you are nominating. Please print the map section at a size that makes all road names legible, while including some of the surrounding area (one mile should be approximately 1 ⅝” in length). Print the copy in full color, and mark the site on the map using pencil only. It is essential that you use pencil to mark on the map, regardless of whether you print the map or order the map.

  2. If you do not wish to print your own quad map, you can order a pre-printed official quad map from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Map Sales Section at 317-232-4200. Please use pencil only to mark on the location of the nominated property on the map. You will have to replace the map if it is marked in any media other than pencil, including adhesives of any kind. For a single property, either circle or place a dot locating it. For a larger parcel or historic district, mark the boundaries of the property as precisely as possible.

For Complicated Sites or Historic Districts

A site plan is a helpful when nominating a more complicated site (such as a farm with outbuildings) or historic district and may vary from simple to quite complex. The overall site plan should not be larger than 11x17 so that it can be easily reproduced. Some of the key elements that must be included are:

  1. The footprint of the building(s)
  2. Street names and addresses
  3. Photo locations showing the direction the camera faces
  4. Boundary lines that match the Verbal Boundary Description in Section 10.
  5. Whether a building, site, structure, or object is contributing or non-contributing (This is most commonly indicated by shading or cross-hatching.

This is not a complete list of requirements. Please refer to How to Complete the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for more detailed directions and additional requirements.