Review and Compliance

A partner in assisting federal, state and local governments meet their historic preservation obligations.

Review and Compliance

The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is a state agency created by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended.  

The Review and Compliance staff work with some 38 federal agencies, state agencies and governmental divisions, municipalities, regional authorities, and private property owners to provide technical review and assist those parties in complying with federal law and regulation, state statutes and, in select instances, with regional planning ordinances.

As a service to state and local agencies conducting projects for which there is no federal nexus, the SHPO reviews projects for potential effects to cultural resources under the authority of state statutes.

The bulk of our work, however, assumes the form of consultation and review under the authority of Section 106 of the NHPA.  

Please note: 

No Expedited ReviewsDue to staffing issues, the SHPO will not accommodate any requests for expedited reviews.   If the SHPO reviews the documents and decides to reply, all reviews will occur within the timeframes established by regulations, statutes, or agreement documents. If no timeframes are identified in the appropriate authority, such as during the negotiation of an agreement document, the SHPO will reply as time permits.  Please keep in mind that to be fair to all parties, all projects are reviewed on a first-come first-served basis.  This makes the need for early consultation, as advised by the ACHP and 36 CFR Part 800 by federal agencies, even more important. It is strongly recommended by federal regulations that federal agencies ensure that they initiate the consultation process as early as possible to avoid any delays. Please keep in mind that the existing regulations and the guidance provided by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation encourage early consultation with consulting parties so that a broad range of alternatives may be considered during the planning process for the undertaking [36 CFR § 800.1(c)]. Early initiation of consultation helps agencies avoid delays later in review and head off potential conflicts.

Hard Copy Review of Submissions: Submissions are reviewed in the order in which the hard copy documentation is received in accordance with the time frames found in the existing regulations, agreement documents, or policy.  The SHPO, with a comparatively small review staff, regularly receives submissions from over 45 various federal agencies, local and Tribal governments, and other agencies.

Recording of Meetings: The SHPO may request to record meetings with employees of federal, state, and local government agencies to ensure that there is a transparent public record consistent with the intent for federal and state law unless information protected under federal, state, or local confidentiality laws or regulations is discussed.  Requests for SHPO staff participation in meetings with other public employees, or consultants for public undertakings, on matters dealing with federal, state, or local government compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act will be assumed to be consent to a recording of the meeting. For all SHPO meetings, there is no expectation of privacy regarding any communications. Participation in a recorded meeting will be deemed as consent to be recorded. Information on SHPO systems is the property of the SHPO and may become official records. Please inquire with the SHPO concerning communication options.