Update on TPS Operations in Response to COVID-19

Update as of June 25, 2020

The National Park Service remains committed to ensuring that programs like the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program – a program so important to promoting historic preservation and economic revitalization in communities large and small across the nation – continue to operate as close to normal as possible during this period.

The Technical Preservation Services (TPS) office remains open, with TPS staff primarily teleworking from home at this time. The review of tax incentive applications continues (including Part 1 applications and appeals), mail continues to be received and sent out, and staff remains reachable by email and phone.

There are some temporary changes to the NPS and State Historic Preservation Office review process during this period in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. NPS continues to review hard-copy applications at this time, but there may be some additional delays in the review process. Upon completion of our review, a “notice of decision” will be issued by the NPS to the applicant electronically during this period. A copy of the official signed application will be mailed to you as soon as possible thereafter, but there may be up to a 1-to-2-week delay from the time you receive the electronic notice. Also, TPS and SHPO staff may not have immediate access to project files during this period.

Many SHPO offices are also operating remotely, including some with limited or no access to their offices and mail, and reviewing tax incentive applications electronically. The following SHPO offices are currently operating on a temporary electronic submission basis: Arizona, Connecticut, Washington DC, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah, Washington. Please contact the SHPO office should you have questions concerning their specific operations before submitting any tax incentive applications.

These modifications to our operations are part of implementing the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. Should the situation change, we will keep you apprised of any new developments or changes in our operations. Please subscribe to our email contact list here to receive the latest information.

We appreciate your understanding during this period. Stay healthy!