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Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

COVID-19 Updates for SHPO

Update July 30, 2021. While the State of Historic Preservation Office is planning for a return to the office in a hybrid approach, SHPO staff are continuing to work remotely and are available via phone, email, and for some site visits following certain safety guidelines. Our office continues to fulfill file search requests via in the order received. Please visit Using SHPO's Files for more information on file search requests. Mail is delivered daily to the office via USPS, FedEx and UPS while the office is closed to visitors, in-person research, and deliveries. 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.

Recent National Register Listings

A list of the latest National Register listings in Minnesota

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