NHPA Section 106

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) requires Federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties, and afford the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation a reasonable opportunity to comment. The historic preservation review process mandated by Section 106 is outlined in regulations issued by the Advisory Council. Revised regulations, “Protection of Historic Properties” (36 CFR Part 800), became effective August 5, 2004. (ACHP)

Federal agencies have the responsibility to ensure that Section 106 requirements are met. However, many agencies, such as Caltrans, have Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) or Memorandums of Agreement (MOA) with the Federal government that enable them (and give them the responsibility) to conduct Section 106 review. Local agencies, whose programs utilize funding from Federal sources, often prepare Section 106 technical reports under the auspices of applicable Federal agencies, which are submitted to the California Office of Historic Preservation.

ARCHIVES & ARCHITECTURE has been preparing reports of this type for both local agencies and  their environmental consultants for over 20 years. Additionally, the firm provided survey and historic evaluation work for the San Jose – Palo Alto leg of the High Speed Train project.