The SHPO provides technical assistance to federal and state agencies in meeting their preservation responsibilities as defined by federal and state historic preservation laws. There are two primary laws on which the SHPO aids federal and state agencies; these statutes are: 1) the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA; 54 U.S.C. 300101), and specifically Section 106 of the NHPA (54 U.S.C. 306108) as implemented through the regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) at 36 CFR Part 800; and, 2) the State Historic Preservation Act (State Act; A.R.S. 41-861 et seq).
As part of their compliance with these statutes, state and federal agencies must consult with SHPO on a variety of aspects involving the identification and evaluation of cultural properties (i.e., sites, buildings, structures, districts or objects) that are eligible for or listed on the Arizona/National Registers of Historic Places (“historic properties”), as well as assessing project effects on historic properties and consulting on appropriate measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate adverse effects to historic properties.
The SHPO also provides advice to federal and state agencies on Tribal consultation, an important part of an agency’s consideration of effects to historic properties that have cultural and religious significance to Tribes. The SHPO supports consultation with Tribes that occurs early in project planning and throughout the project timeline, as appropriate. The SHPO created the Government-to-Government Consultation Toolkit (G2G) to assist federal and state agencies, as well as Tribes, in their collaboration efforts.
Additionally, the SHPO assists local government entities that voluntarily comply with the state and/or federal statutes for historic preservation, or that have preservation ordinances of their own.
The SHPO Compliance Review Program staff provide technical assistance to federal, state, local and Tribal agencies through the following processes:
1) checking state resource inventory files;
2) reviewing federal, state, county, and city projects to assist in determining possible impacts from proposed projects on historic properties;
3) explaining state and federal compliance procedures;
4) ensuring application of state and federal professional standards and qualifications; and,
5) providing opinions on the Arizona/National Register eligibility of cultural resources.
For further information on this Program, call SHPO at (602) 542-4009.
Historical In-Use Structure Forms are now available for archaeologists documenting historical in-use structures during archaeological survey. We recommend that the forms be used for those resources that, in the past, would have been assigned ASM (or other) site numbers. Structures previously identified as isolates should still be identified as isolates but do include at least one photo in your report.
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Pursuant to A.R.S. §41-862 and §41-1362, the SHPO is mandated to analyze state agencies’ compliance with the State Act on an annual basis. The SHPO does this by submitting a survey to state agencies each year asking them to self-evaluate their performance in complying with the State Act. The SHPO then produces a report to the Governor and the heads of the State Legislature that details the results of the state agency survey; recent reports can be accessed through the links below:
SHPO FY 2015-16 Report on State Agency Compliance
SHPO FY 2013-14 Report on State Agency Compliance
SHPO FY 2012-13 Report on State Agency Compliance
SHPO FY 2011-12 Report on State Agency Compliance
SHPO FY 2010-11 Report on State Agency Compliance
SHPO FY 2009-10 Report on State Agency Compliance
SHPO FY 2008-09 Report on State Agency Compliance