Federal Preservation Laws
Federal historic preservation work plays an important role in saving places are that important to our many American histories.
Title 54–National Park Service and Related ProgramsIn December 2014, Congress created a new title within the United States Code, Title 54, for National Park Service-related laws. Many of federal historic preservation laws have been moved to Title 54. We have updated our Laws & Regulations webpage with the new citations.
To access Title 54, please see:
For guidance about Title 54, please see:
- National Park Service Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs presentation, "Title 54 of the U.S. Code: Background and Guidance" (January 2015) (pdf). This presentation provides the basics and background for those who have little experience with statutory law and the United States Code.
- "Notes on Title 54 of the United States Code" (March 2016) (pdf). This document reflects how the National Park Service's Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science directorate currently intends to address/interpret the issues presented by the creation of Title 54 of the United States Code.
- Public Law 113-287 (signed December 19, 2014). The law contains the text of Title 54. To access a pdf of the law, click choose "PDF" (to the right of "Bill text available as").
- House Report 113-44: "To Enact Title 54, United States Code, 'National Park Service and Related Programs,' as a Positive Law Title" (pdf). This is the Committee Report for P.L. 113-287. Among other things, this report includes a "Disposition Table" (i.e., a crosswalk) for each of the provisions that P.L. 113-287 affects. Use this table to determine if your statutory provision has changed.
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Law Revision Counsel, Explanatory Statement for H.R. 1068. This office was responsible for drafting H.R. 1068, which became P.L. 113-287. The explanatory statement provides background information about the drafting process.
- List of the statutes on this website that have been moved to Title 54 (pdf).