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NPS Issues Reports Highlighting Success of Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program

Feburary 28, 2024

The National Park Service issued two reports highlighting the successes of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program this week.

The NPS issued a press release about the Annual Report on the Economic Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credits for Fiscal Year 2022 prepared in collaboration with the Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research. The Center analyzed the economic impacts of the historic tax credits on the national economy, and, as the report identifies, the level and breadth of the economic impacts resulting from the Federal HTCs in FY 2022 are quite significant. The report also includes information on the cumulative economic impact of the Federal HTCs for the past 45 years, starting in 1977–78 with the first completed rehabilitation project to be certified by the NPS under the program.

The second report, Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2023, focuses on the program’s accomplishments in the last fiscal year. Program activity remained high, and nearly half (46%) of all certified rehabilitations were under $1 million in Fiscal Year 2023. Estimated rehabilitation costs totaled $9.49 billion for preliminary certifications and $8.81 billion for final certifications. Since 1977, the historic preservation tax incentives have generated a total of $131.71 billion in estimated rehabilitation investment in 49,263 rehabilitation projects.

The reports also include case studies of successful projects in Ohio, Virginia, and Indiana.

The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program is administered by Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Offices. It is the nation’s most effective program to promote historic preservation and community revitalization through historic rehabilitation.


Historic Preservation Certification Application Submission is Going Electronic

June 30, 2023

As of August 15, 2023, all historic preservation certification applications must be submitted electronically, both new applications submitted to State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) and materials submitted to the NPS in response to requests for additional information.
More information on electronic submission


Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings Annual Report for 2022 Released

March 1, 2023

The Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2022 highlights $6.56 billion investment in the rehabilitation of historic buildings. With over 48,000 completed projects since its enactment in 1976, the program has leveraged over $122.90 billion in private investment in the rehabilitation of historic properties—spurring the rehabilitation of historic structures of every period, size, style, and type in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


New Technical Preservation Services Websites

October 25, 2022

Technical Preservation Services is pleased to announce the launch of our new websites.

The National Park Service web presence (nps.gov) is presented through a content management system that provides a consistent appearance and features across all park, program, and office websites. The TPS web content has now been moved to the content management system and into two new websites,

There are several navigation aids throughout each site; the photo grid on the home page echoes the items in the black navigation bar, and the system automatically generates a site index of first- and second-level pages at the bottom of every page. Preservation by Topic has been updated to help you find information.

Compare the first- and second-level navigation of the old and new websites.

You will notice two changes in the websites' content. The first is that the information formerly found under "The Standards" tab has been split between the two new sites. The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring & Reconstructing Historic Buildings are located in the Technical Preservation Services site. The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation (regulatory for the tax incentives program) are located in the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives site, along with the guidance on applying the Standards that has been developed in the context of the tax incentives program.

The second change is that the Preservation Briefs are presented only as pdfs while we evaluate how to present them online.

All pages in the old website are permanently redirected to the home page of Technical Preservation Services, and bookmarks to pages on the old site will go to this page until updated.


Flood Adaptation Guidelines Now Available in Print

October 3, 2022

Technical Preservation Services is pleased to announce that the Guidelines on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings are now available in printed format. Copies of the printed publication can be purchased from the U.S. Government Bookstore. Alternatively, you can go to the GPO Bookstore and enter the search term “flood.”

The Guidelines on Flood Adaptation are designed to provide information on adapting historic buildings to be more resilient to flooding in a manner that will preserve their historic character and meet The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. These Guidelines outline adaptation methods that lower the flood risk of a property. The goal of this document is to achieve greater resilience while minimizing the impacts to the historic character of a building. The Guidelines provide information concerning professional flood adaptation methods and techniques along with preservation considerations and strategies for successfully planning such a project.

This publication was developed with support from subject matter experts representing Federal Preservation Officers, State Historic Preservation Offices, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Certified Local Governments, and non-profit preservation organizations.

The Guidelines on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings are also available online along with frequently asked questions and a recorded introductory webinar.

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