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Technical Preservation Services

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Technical Preservation Services


Federal Agency




Executive Order 11593, May 13, 1971; Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended, Public Law 81-152, 40 U.S.C. 471; National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, Public Law 89-665, 80 Stat. 915, 16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.; Tax Treatment Extension Act of 1980, Public Law 96-541, Public Law 95-600; General Authorities Act of 1976; Mining in National Parks Act of 1976; Tax Reform Act of 1986, Public Law 99-514.






To establish technical preservation policies and standards and to develop technical information for the treatment of historic properties. This includes development and distribution of the "Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation Projects," which provide guidance regarding all aspects of preservation work for the use of Federal, State and local officials, property owners, developers, and architects. To review rehabilitations of investment property for the 20% investment tax credit. To advise Congress and Federal agencies on the preservation of historic properties. This includes developing and disseminating policies and the regional inspection procedures for the monitoring of national historic landmarks, and preparing the annual report to Congress on endangered national historic landmarks. To provide policy direction and guidance on Federal surplus properties which are available for transfer for historic monument purposes.


Types of Assistance

Advisory Services and Counseling; Dissemination of Technical Information; Provision of Specialized Services.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Technical information is provided to assist Federal agencies, State and local governments, and owners of certified historic structures to preserve and maintain historic properties under their jurisdiction or control. For matching grants, see 15.904, Historic Preservation Grants-in-Aid.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federal agencies, State and local governments, and individuals. For Grants-in- Aid program, see 15.904, Historic Preservation Grants-in-Aid.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal agencies, State and local governments, and individuals. For Grants-in- Aid see program 15.904, Historic Preservation Grants-in-Aid.




Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Contact by letter or telephone communication to the State Historic Preservation Officer or the Headquarters Office for technical information or for information on the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program; through NPS regional office for surplus property; for Grants-in-Aid see 15.904, Historic Preservation Grants-in-Aid. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

By Historic Preservation Certification Application (OMB No. 1024-0009) through the appropriate State official or NPS regional office. For Grants-in-Aid, see 15.904, Historic Preservation Grants-in-Aid.

Award Procedure

The Annual appropriation is allocated by the Secretary of the Interior among States and Territories.


None. Applications are taken at any time during the year. Applicants are strongly urged to apply before rehabilitation work begins on a historic building.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Decisions normally are made within 30 days of receipt of review fee, but the time can vary according to the nature of problems encountered and range of alternatives.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None. Tax credit is determined by the amount of qualified rehabilitation expenditures.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Fiscal year in which funds are appropriated and one succeeding fiscal year.


Post Assistance Requirements


Completed rehabilitation work must be documented in photographs submitted with the Request for Certification Work (NPS Form 10-168c).


The Secretary of the Interior reserves the right to inspect the property at any time up to 5 years after the completion of the rehabilitation and to withdraw certification of rehabilitation work not undertaken as described or of additional unapproved project work undertaken inconsistent with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.




Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and expenses) FY 07 $1,600,000; FY 08 est $1,600,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance



Program Accomplishments

The Heritage Preservation Services Program prepares publications on historic structure preservation and rehabilitation for wide distribution to Federal, State, and local agencies, including a series of Preservation Briefs. Each Preservation Brief provides useful information about a technical problem encountered frequently at all levels of preservation. The division is also responsible for the review and evaluation of rehabilitation proposals and certification of work for certified historic structures under the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and other applicable legislation. As of September 30, 2003, an estimated 31,000 rehabilitations of historic buildings have been approved, representing an investment in America's historic resources of $31.4 billion. The division, through the regional offices, is responsible for the review of rehabilitation and reuse proposals submitted with State and local government applications for the transfer of federally-owned surplus historic properties. The division provides general technical assistance to private organizations, individuals, and local governments; evaluates the inspection reports prepared by the field area offices and compiles them for reports to Congress on the status of endangered and threatened national historic landmarks. The Heritage Preservation Services Program is responsible for monitoring acquisition and development awards made under the Historic Preservation Fund grant program (15.904), as available.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

36 CFR Part 67 (for tax incentives program). Treasury Regulations Section 1.48- 12. For a free catalog listing publications of the Cultural Resources programs of the National Park Service, write Headquarters Office listed below or see website at


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Headquarters Office

Chief, Heritage Preservation Services Program, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., ORG 2255, Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 513-7270. Program inquiries should be directed to Andrew Ferrell E-mail:

Web Site Address


Related Programs

15.904, Historic Preservation Fund Grants-IN-Aid
15.910, National Natural Landmarks Program;
15.914, National Register Of Historic Places


Examples of Funded Projects



Criteria for Selecting Proposals



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