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Electronic Submission Process for Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit Programs

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Historic Preservation Tax Credit Programs for Income-Producing Properties


Owners of income-producing real properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places may be eligible for a 20% federal income tax credit for the substantial rehabilitation of historic properties. The final dollar amount is based on the cost of the rehabilitation; in effect, 20% of the rehab costs will be borne by the federal government.

The work performed (both interior and exterior) must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for RehabilitationLeaving New York State Parks and be approved by the National Park Service.

New York State

Owners of income-producing properties that have been approved to receive the 20% federal rehabilitation tax credit can additionally claim a state tax credit if the property is located in a qualifying census tract.

Owners can receive an additional state credit of 20% or 30% of the qualified rehabilitation expenditure (QRE) up to $5,000,000. In order to qualify for the 20% credit, the placed-in-service date must be after January 1, 2010. For the 30% credit, the placed-in-service date must be after January 1, 2022, and the total QREs cannot exceed $2.5 million.

There is no application form for the state credit; applicants just need to comply with the agency media agreement and submit the applicable review fees (refer to Fee Schedule and Media Agreements). After Part 3 of the federal application is approved by the National Park Service, and the state fees are paid, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) will issue a certification allowing owners to claim the state credit.

National Park Service (NPS) Electronic Submission

Starting August 15, 2023, federal Historic Tax Credit (also known as Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit) applications must be submitted to NY SHPO through NY-CRIS.

The National Park Service (NPS), the federal agency that administers this program, has transitioned to an electronic review process starting on August 15, 2023, and will no longer accept hard copy (paper) submissions. NY SHPO manages this federal program in New York.

For information about this program, visit the National Park Service's website hereLeaving New York State Parks.

What to Expect

The process for submitting applications and supporting materials has changed but the historic tax credit program itself remains the same. Applicants will need to submit digital applications to NY SHPO for review first and NY SHPO will forward applications to NPS for final approval.

What will change

  • Application packages are submitted online to NY SHPO through NY-CRIS rather than sent in hard copy through the mail.
  • All materials including Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Amendment cover sheets, photographs, narratives, and drawings must be submitted as PDFs.
  • Application cover sheets have been updated to accept digital signatures.
  • Communications from NY SHPO can now be through NY-CRIS.
  • All communications from NPS will be via email – no hard copy letters will be sent.

What will not change:

  • Program requirements and administration, such as the amount of the credit, eligibility for the credit, 3-part application, and taking the credit.
  • Required information on Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Amendment forms.
  • Application and documentation standards such as photographs, existing condition and proposed work drawings, and narratives explaining the scope of work.
  • Review process and consultation with NY SHPO and NPS, including the sequence of review, review times with each office, and technical assistance.

Electronic Submission Requirements

NPS and NY SHPO have developed the following requirements for submitting applications and supporting materials electronically:

  • Applicants must use the most recent version of the NPS application formsLeaving New York State Parks. These forms can be found on the NPS website.
  • All materials must be submitted as PDFs
  • Application forms must include one of the following types of signatures:
    • Digital Signature using a digital ID (e.g Adobe software)
    • Scanned or digitized versions of an original handwritten signature
    • Scanned PDF of an original wet signed HPCA application
    • *** Note: e-signatures that include a typed name in a different font and other types of generated signature images will not be accepted.

  • Application parts must be saved as individual files. Cover sheets, narratives, site plans/photo keys, photographs, existing conditions drawings, and proposed work drawings should not be combined. See NPS document.
  • Application files must be saved using the NPS-required naming conventions.
  • Individual Application files must not be larger than 170 MB in size.
  • Photographs must follow NPS guidelines for formatting, captions, and photo keys. Photographs should be submitted in one PDF file and NOT uploaded as individual jpegs through NY-CRIS.
  • Drawing files must be flattened when saving as a PDF.
    • Existing floor plans and elevations should be one PDF
    • Proposed floor plans and elevations should be a separate PDF
    • *** Note: existing and proposed drawing sets must be provided as separate flattened PDF files.

Please contact NY SHPO Commercial Tax Credit staff with questions about these requirements. NY SHPO will return incorrectly formatted files. Failing to follow these requirements may result in delays to your project.

National Park Service Guidance Documents

The National Park service has developed file- and photo-naming conventions and instructions on organizing files for electronic submission. All electronically submitted applications must follow these conventions and instructions. Applicants should download these PDF files for reference in preparing materials for electronic submission.


NY-CRIS (New York State Cultural Resource Information System) is NY SHPO's online cultural resources data management and GIS tool.

Users may sign up or use the system as a guest. There is no fee for using NY-CRIS; a fee may be collected for the NY State tax credit program if applicable. Applicants will use NY-CRIS and the on-line form to submit materials to NY SHPO in two ways:

  1. If you are initiating a tax credit project.
  2. If you are continuing a tax credit project with Part 2, Amendment, Part 3 application or NPS hold submission.

Initiating a federal tax credit project (Initial project submission only)

Review of federal historic tax credit projects is initiated with the submission of a Part 1.

NOTE: If the project is for a property not yet listed in the National Register of Historic Places, applicants are very strongly encouraged to submit a request for Evaluation of Eligibility to NY SHPO prior to initiating their federal tax credit project. You can find the form by visiting the NY-CRIS website and clicking “Submit” in the top navigation bar. Several form options, including “Evaluation of Eligibility”, will appear.

To initiate a federal tax credit project (temporary process):

  • Click this link for a Power Form (only do this once per project - all other submissions will be directly to NY-CRIS)
  • Fill out the Project Contact information | Click Next
  • Fill out the Tax Credit Property Owner information | Click Next
  • Fill in the tax credit project property information | Click Submit
  • ** NOTE: Be sure the e-mail address for the project contact is accurate!
  • NY SHPO will create the commercial tax project in NY-CRIS
  • The Project Contact will receive an e-mail from “Cris Web” with instructions to upload the Part 1 documents.

If you are continuing an existing federal tax credit project with a:

  • Part 2
  • Amendment
  • Part 3 application or
  • providing NY SHPO with a copy of NPS on hold information

Applicants will use the submit new information on an existing project wizard to submit the remainder of the application.

NOTE: If a project was initiated through a hard copy (paper) submission, all subsequent submissions must be through NY-CRIS. Submissions started on paper can generally be completed with paper, but must transition to the digital process for additional submissions.

To continue a federal tax credit project:

  • Log into NY-CRIS either with login credentials or as a guest. You must agree to the legal disclaimer (please read it).
  • On the first screen go to the “SUBMIT” button on the top banner.
  • In the lower right box, under “Other Options” choose “Submit New Information for an Existing Project"
  • Enter the NY-CRIS Project Number (##PR#####). You will need this to continue. You can find the Project Number on NY SHPO correspondence.Do not use the National Park Service project number.
  • Enter the owner or project contact e-mail address and click “Start”
  • Describe the submission – for example “Part 2 for 123 Main St, Town, NY”
  • Click on the “Attachments” tab.
  • Upload application parts as separate files following NPS-required naming conventionsLeaving New York State Parks. Individual Application files must not be larger than 170 MB in size.
  • Do not upload individual project photos.
  • Once all individual PDF files are uploaded, click “Done” in the lower right corner of the page.
  • You must get the CRIS Alert saying, “Thank you for submitting your information” and click “Okay".

NOTE: Only Project Contacts will be able to submit application parts through the “Submit New Information for an Existing Project”. Additional or updated project contacts can be added by e-mailing or contacting your project reviewer.
NY CRIS help is available here or by e-mail

Important Changes to the New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Commercial Properties

New York State has extended the availability of this program until December 31, 2024
The legislation also makes the commercial tax credit refundable for rehabilitation projects placed in service on or after 2015. Unused credits from projects placed in service before 2015 can be carried forward indefinitely. The change in the law includes updating the eligible census tracts using the most recent data available.

Buildings placed in service after January 1, 2022, and with final Qualified Rehabilitation Expenditures (QREs) of no more than $2.5 million, are eligible for a 30% state tax credit.

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