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Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

COVID-19 Updates for SHPO

Update May 18, 2020. Given the Governor's implementation of Stay Safe MN, SHPO staff will continue to work remotely and be available via phone and email, and the SHPO office will be closed to visitors and unable to accommodate in-person research and deliveries. Mail is being delivered to the office via USPS, FedEx and UPS, however, staff have limited weekly access to sort and process mail. Our office will continue to take file search requests via and requests will be fulfilled in the order received. Visit our page on Using SHPO's Files for information on file search requests. SHPO staff will continue to work remotely and be available via phone and email. We thank you for your continued patience.

Electronic environmental review submittals and tolling continues to be in effect for federal and state reviews until further notice. Electronic Environmental Review Submittals.

SHPO's COVID-19 related messaging archive.

The Long Meadow Bridge spans the Minnesota River at Long Meadow Lake between Bloomington and Eagan

Identification & Evaluation

Identification and evaluating historic properties helps you make informed preservation decisions.

Property Registration

Minnesota properties may be designated historic through the National Register of Historic Places, or they may be designated historic by the state legislature and placed in the State Register of Historic Places. If a city has been recognized as a Certified Local Government it may designate properties within its jurisdiction as historic at a municipal level.

Tax Incentives

Learn about tax incentives that reward private investment in the rehabilitation of historic properties.

Environmental Review

Learn more about the federal and state laws that protect historic and archaeological properties, as well as the project review process in Minnesota.

Local Preservation

Federal, state, tribal, and local partnerships work to protect historic properties.


Planning is key to preserving Minnesota's historic resources. A historic preservation plan helps create a shared vision and build consensus. It also serves as a blueprint for action.

About Us

Learn more about the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), find contact information, and more.

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