National Historic Preservation Act

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 requires federal agencies to consider the impact their actions have on our historic resources. In order to meet the requirements of this act, we require additional information for certain types of projects. Both grantees and the National Park Service have responsibilities to ensure the best care of our irreplaceable cultural resources.

In addition to the technical requirements outlined on this page, there are formalized standards titled Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation. These Standards, which are actually a collection of resource- and treatment-specific standards and illustrative guidelines, apply to all Historic Preservation Fund grants and programs. 
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"Section 106"

Grants funded by the Historic Preservation Fund are subject to review under what is popularly called "Section 106" of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. Section 106, formally 54 USC 306108, requires Federal agencies to consider the impact (called "effect") of Federally funded projects on historic resources. The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division will work with State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices on your behalf to coordinate this review. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has prepared a helpful guide to this process.

Projects Involving National Historic Landmarks – "Section 110"

Projects involving National Historic Landmarks will have additional reporting requirements. You should work with your grant manager to submit any needed information. The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division will need to work with National Park Service regional office staff to review your project. If you have an established relationship with the National Park Service regional office in your area, you may submit documentation directly to them; however, you will still need to send your grant manager a copy of the letter from the regional office approving your project. If you do not have an established relationship with a regional office, please submit the information below directly to your grant manager and we will coordinate with the appropriate region for you. Most grantees prefer to let us handle working with our colleagues in regional offices.

National Natural Landmarks

Although it is rare that Historic Preservation Fund grants involve National Natural Landmarks, it does occasionally happen. In this case, you should follow the same guidance as for National Historic Landmarks.

Documentation Submission Requirements

For projects involving a National Historic Landmark, please submit the following before work begins:

  • Property name
  • The National Historic Landmark listing name or National Natural Landmark name (this should match the name under which the property was listed as a National Historic Landmark or National Natural Landmark
  • Grant number, including the subgrant number (if applicable)
  • A site plan that has the north direction clearly marked
  • A city/county/parish map with the site of the property clearly labeled
  • Set of plans and specifications for the project
  • Photographs of all exterior elevations of the building or site, with views identified and oriented and keyed to the site plan
  • Interior photographs of all major rooms and those involved in the project, labeled and keyed to a floor plan (if applicable and relevant to the project scope)
  • Any additional information that will enable a better technical review of the project to be completed
  • For archeological projects involving National Historic Landmarks, provide the research design and methodology
  • A complete description of proposed project work

Technical Information Submission Address

Items sent via the United States Postal Service are irradiated prior to delivery to our offices and will arrive damaged. In addition, most staff are currently teleworking due to COVID-19. We very strongly encourage the submission of documentation electronically by email to your grant manager; however, if necessary, technical information may be submitted by mail addressed to:

Technical Reviewer [name of project]

State, Tribal, and Local Plans and Grants Division

National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW Mail Stop 7360
Washington, DC 20240

Resources for Review & Compliance

Research information about your project site in the National Register of Historic Places, the National Historic Landmark program, and the National Natural Landmark program.

Last updated: March 10, 2023