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The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology was created by statute within the Department of Natural Resources in 1981 to manage the National Register of Historic Places and all related federal and state programs within Indiana. More recently, Indiana General Assembly has given the Division regulatory responsibility for older human remains, burial objects, and other artifacts. The most recent legislative session also expanded the Division's role with respect to many cemeteries. The Division also administers programs with grants and tax credits to help implement its responsibilities.

Responsibilities for the regulation of historic preservation and archaeology are assigned by the Indiana General Assembly in statutes and implemented largely through rules. The Natural Resources Commission adopts permanent rules, and the DNR Director adopts temporary (or emergency) rules. Rules have the force and effect of law.

DNR, Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology

Permanent Rules

  • 312 IAC 20 Indiana State Historic Preservation Review Board
    These rules provide definitions and outline the proceedings of the Indiana State Historic Preservation Review Board. In 2003, standards for the Register of Indiana Historic Sites and Historic Structures (commonly called the "Indiana Register") were codified at 312 IAC 20-5.
  • 312 IAC 21 Archaeological Review and Recovery
    These rule provisions set standards for archaeological investigations to meet state and federal historic preservation compliance requirements.
  • 312 IAC 22 Human Remains, Burial Objects, and Artifacts
    These rule provisions set standards for investigations, scientific investigations, and the accidental or purposeful disturbance of archaeological sites and human remains.
  • 312 IAC 22.5 Cemeteries
    Effective in October 2002, this rule establishes standards for the protection of cemeteries, including a requirement that a development plan be approved by the division before land disturbances take place within 100 feet of a cemetery
  • 312 IAC 6-3 Ancient Shipwrecks and Historic Sites in Navigable Waters
    This rule sets standards for licenses and the conduct of investigations at ancient shipwrecks and other historic sites located in navigable waters.
  • 312 IAC 23 State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit
    These rule provisions help administer the state historic rehabilitation tax credit.
  • 312 IAC 26-4 Historic Preservation Grants
    This rule sets standards for historic preservation grants pursuant to the Hometown Indiana Grant Program.