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Federal and State Compliance for Historic and Archaeological Resources
Review and Compliance
Geiser Grand Hotel, Baker City, OR  
Geiser Grand Hotel, Baker City, OR
The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) provides assistance to agencies whose projects are subject to state and federal  historic preservation laws.
Our SHPO has two branches 
of cultural resource 
professionals to review 
different types of projects.  
Also referred to as “below-ground” resources, archaeology is  any  building, structure, object, site, or district that has been abandoned for 50 (federal) or 75 (state) years or more.  Common archaeological resources include projectile points, pit houses, pictographs, and railroad grades.
The built environment consists of any  building, structure, object, site, or district that is still in use today or has been abandoned for less than 50 years.  Sometimes referred to as “above-ground” resources, common built environment resources include bridges, roadways, municipal buildings, levees, and irrigation ditches.

Who Needs to Submit Projects for Built Environment Review?
Any project that involves federal property, federal funding, or federal licensing or permitting is subject to SHPO review per Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  Federal projects often include work done in national parks, funding from HUD grants, and permits from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Any project that takes place on public land , including property owned by counties, cities, school districts, and other “political subdivisions of the state” is required to comply with Oregon Revised Statute 358.653.
Information on federal and state historic preservation laws

Documenting the Built Environment for Review


Cultural resource managers , contractors, and other historic preservation professionals are encouraged to use the Section 106 Documentation Form to submit their projects to SHPO.
If you’re new to historic preservation and Section 106, we recommend using the Oregon SHPO Clearance Form.


How to Submit a Project for Environmental Review

Once you have completed either the Section 106 Documentation Form or the Oregon SHPO Clearance  Form,  please follow the instructions provided on our Go Digital page to submit your project to our office for review.

While  strongly recommend submitting projects digitally, our office also accepts submittals mailed to our office.
Hard copy submittals can be sent to:
OR SHPO Review & Compliance
725 Summer St. NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301

Built Environment Review Forms

Mitigating for Adverse Effects—Examples of successful projects mitigation for adverse effects to properties eligible for or listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review (Provided by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation)
Guíadel ciudadano a la revisión de la sección 106 (Proporcionados por el Consejo Asesor de preservación histórica)


For questions regarding submittals status and administrative issues, please contact:

Mary Beth Grover
Preservation Specialist


For questions regarding project content and  regulatory processes, please contact:

 Tracy Schwartz
Historic Preservation Specialist
(503) 986-0677

Ian Johnson
(503) 986-0678