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Federal and State Compliance for Historic and Archaeological Resources
Purpose of the Compliance Program
Geiser Grand Hotel, Baker City, OR
Geiser Grand Hotel, Baker City, OR
Laws are in place to make sure that federal and state projects don't carelessly destroy cultural resources.
In cooperation with the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) works with federal agencies and those agencies receiving federal funds to assist them in complying with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The Oregon SHPO is also responsible for assisting local governments in compliance with ORS 358.653.
Our Review and Compliance team actively works with tribal governments and local communities, particularly Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and Certified Local Governments, to assist in these endeavors.

Agency Responsibilities
State and federal agencies that undertake projects must “take into account” how their project activities will affect historic and archaeological resources. Common projects include construction, rehabilitation, demolition, licensing, permitting, or transfer of public lands.

SHPO's Role

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) provides guidance to agencies and governments who are affected by these laws.
Each year we review over 3,000 development projects and their potential effects on archaeological and historical sites. We will comment on projects within 30 days after receiving the submission.
I just need a letter from the SHPO. 
Submit federal (Section 106) or state (ORS 358.653) documentation to SHPO 
Federal and State Law Summary - A review of the laws that apply to any land development project involving federal funds or historic properties owned by State and local government.
Documenting Historic (Above Ground) Resources - Oregon SHPO website with forms and instructions for completing Section 106 and ORS 358.653 documentation.
Documenting Archaeological (Below Ground) Resources - Oregon SHPO website with forms and instructions for completing Section 106 and ORS 358.653 documentation.
Public Comment - How you can provide input on projects. 

Mitigating for Adverse Effects - Examples of successful projects mitigating for adverse effects to National Register-eligible or -listed properties.


Contacts by Program Area
Review and Compliance Program
Jessica Gabriel 
Historic Preservation Specialist
(503) 986-0677
Ian Johnson
(503) 986-0678
Archaeological Services
Dr. Dennis Griffin
State Archaeologist
(503) 986-0674
John Pouley
Assistant State Archaeologist
(503) 986-0675



Above Ground Review & Compliance Forms


- Section 106 Evaluation Form (zip file) (Professional use only)

- SHPO Clearance Form
(non-professional use)


- ORS 358.653 Fact Sheet

- Style, Material, and Use categories for the Oregon Historic Sites Database and Compliance Forms

Archaeology Review & Compliance

- Archaeological Resources Web Page

Above Ground Guidelines and Example Docs

- Guidelines for Historic
Resource Surveys in Oregon

- Example Section 106 Report

- Mitigation Documentation

- Example Mitigation Products

- Guidance for Recording and Evaluating Linear Cultural Resources 

- Mitigation Document Guidance for Memorandums of Agreement (Provided by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation)



- Oregon Contractor Directory


-Citizen's Guide to Section 106 Review (Provided by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation)

-Guía del ciudadano a la revisión de la sección 106 (Proporcionados por el Consejo Asesor de preservación histórica)