Historic Preservation Laws, Executive Orders, and Regulations
The National Park Service carries out a wide variety of historic preservation work and programs. This work occurs not only in the National Park System, but also in partnership with local communities and preservation groups, state and tribal governments, other federal agencies, and international organizations. Federal law (United States Code [USC] and Public Laws [PL]), federal regulations (Code of Federal Regulations [CFR]), Presidential Executive Orders, and Orders issued by the Director of the National Park Service govern the Park Service's programs. This page provides information about these laws, regulations, and orders. Please see our standards and guidelines page for additional information about the National Park Service's historic preservation work.
Title 54–National Park Service and Related Programs
The federal laws that govern the National Park Service have been reorganized recently. In December 2014, Congress created a new title within the United States Code, Title 54, for National Park Service-related laws. Many of the historic preservation laws listed on this page have been moved to Title 54. We are in the process of updating this page with the new citations and links.
To access Title 54, please see:
For guidance about Title 54, please see:
We are in the process of updating the citations and text of the statutes listed below.