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).
Last updated: April 26, 2017