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Project Review Process

Project Review

Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, federal agencies must work with the SHPO to address historic preservation issues when planning projects or issuing funds or permits that may affect historic properties and archaeological resources listed in or determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Guided by regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, federal agencies are required to consult with the SHPO to identify properties in project areas, determine the effects of proposed work on those properties and find ways to avoid, reduce or mitigate harm to them.

The Minnesota SHPO reviews nearly 4,000 federal and state projects each year.

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