Historic Preservation Policy, Tools and Resources

GSA learns and innovates while preserving America’s cultural heritage. The Center for Historic Buildings collects, refines and maintains this knowledge and shares it here with you.

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Legislation, policy and reports

Federal legislation to protect historic relics and objects codified the national policy for the preservation of historic sites, buildings, and objects of national significance. These early laws set the stage for the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), positioning the federal government to play an unprecedented leadership role in the preservation of these historic resources. The NHPA went into effect on October 15, 1966 (Public Law 89-665, October 15, 1966; 16 USC 470 et seq.). Since its promulgation, 22 amendments have been made.

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National Historic Preservation Act and Section 106

The requirements established by Section 106 ensure that the impact of federal activity on historic properties is investigated and understood before the activity begins. In addition, it requires each federal agency to consider public opinions and concerns about historic preservation issues when making final decisions about the project.

The ultimate goal of Section 106 is to seek agreement among these participants regarding preservation issues raised during the review process. Learn more about Section 106.

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Preservation tools and resources

The Center for Historic Buildings has created and collected many tools and resources for building and preservation professionals.

  • Section 106 of the NHPA
  • Leased property project tools
  • Proposal, contracts and other planning tools
  • Certification and other required documents
  • Technical Guidelines and Resources

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