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Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is the major policy advisor to the Government in the field of Historic Preservation. They also oversee the implementation of the Section 106 regulations. The Section 106 regulations (36 C.F.R. Part 800) can also be referenced on this website.

National Register of Historic Places. This website not only gives general information on the National Register program, but allows one to search the National Register database by state and county for a list of all resources listed in a particular county.

National Park Service provides information on applying the National Register Criteria. By clicking on How to Apply the National Register Criteria text on the last page, you will find the information that is printed in Bulletin 15, Applying the National Register Criteria for Evaluation.

The Indiana Historical Society provides information on the programs and services of the organization. The website also contains lists of many local preservation organizations in Indiana sorted by county as well as a list of the county historians.

The National Park Service Technical Preservation Services website has information and links for the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring and Reconstructing Historic Buildings and Preservation Briefs. The Preservation Briefs provide technical assistance on various aspects of building rehabilitation as well as other related preservation topics. Additionally, the Preservation Tech Notes provide practical information on traditional practices and innovative techniques for successfully maintaining and preserving cultural resources.

The National Park Service's Heritage Preservation Services is devoted to all aspects of caring for historic buildings. Useful features include a couple of interactive rehabilitation case studies that allow one to apply the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation .

Indiana Landmarks is the largest statewide non-profit preservation organization in the country. Indiana Landmarks can provide information on the availability of county interim reports, and the regional offices may be able to provide historical information for a particular area in their vicinity.

The Department of the Interior has links to all its Bureaus: National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Indian Affairs, Land Management, Surface Mining, Minerals Management Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Reclamation. The Bureau of Indian Affairs can provide information on any Native American tribes that may have a vested interest in your project area. This website provides a list of federally recognized tribes. A list of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) can be found on the ACHP's website.


If your project needs archaeology, as determined by our office, you will need to hire a
qualified archaeologist to complete this aspect of the project. For more information on archaeology in the state, contact the State Archaeologist at 317-232-1646.


Location information and survey data is being collected on cemeteries and burial grounds in the state. State law mandates that before construction can happen within 100 feet of a cemetery (even those abandoned sites with no grave markers remaining), a development plan must be completed through the DHPA. To find out if your project is within 100 feet of a cemetery, contact the Cemetery and Burial Ground Registry Coordinator.

Other Resources:

Interim Reports - These reports provide surveys information on historic buildings, structures, districts, and objects for most Indiana counties. Copies of Interim Reports are usually available at local historical societies and public libraries. A complete set can also be found at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. In addition, many Interim Reports can also be purchased from
Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, In 46202, 317-639-4534.

Specialty Surveys:

There are several texts that cover special resources (railroad depots or bridges). Contact the DHPA at 317-232-1646 to make an appointment to review these texts.

Local historical societies and county historians can provide additional information on the history of a particular area. They may possess county histories and historical atlases, which are good resources for historical documentation. However, most historical societies and county historians are not familiar with the Section 106 process and do not have the knowledge to make determinations of eligibility for potential historic resources or make determinations of effect.

The Indiana Historical Society, through its Local History Services Division, has a list of all County Historians and County Historical Societies. Additionally our preservation and archaeology directory (below) may be useful in finding contact information for local historic societies.

Section 106 Process Reference Documents:

Indiana Code: