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Guidelines for Applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards

The Standards are a series of concepts about maintaining, repairing, and replacing historic materials, as well as designing new additions or making alterations. The Guidelines apply the Standards and describe specific treatments that do and do not meet the Standards. They offer general design and technical recommendations to assist in applying the Standards to a specific property. Together, the Standards and Guidelines provide a framework and guidance for decision-making about work or changes to a historic property.

The Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, codified in 36 CFR 68, are regulatory for all grant-in-aid projects assisted through the national Historic Preservation Fund. The Standards for Rehabilitation, codified in 36 CFR 67, are regulatory for the review of rehabilitation work in the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program.

Technical Preservation Services has developed sets of Guidelines to assist property owners in applying the Standards. The Guidelines are advisory, not regulatory.
 

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Last updated: October 26, 2022