The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) is the professional association of the State government officials who carry out the national historic preservation program as delegates of the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA) (16 USC 470).
The NHPA provides for the designation of a State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) in each state. SHPOs:
- Locate and record historic resources;
- Nominate significant historic resources to the National Register of Historic Places;
- Foster historic preservation programs at the local government level and the creation of preservation ordinances;
- Provide funds for preservation activities;
- Comment on projects under consideration for the federal historic preservation tax incentive;
- Review all federal projects for their impact on historic properties in accordance with Section 106 of the Act and the regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; and
- Provide technical assistance on rehabilitation projects and other preservation activities to federal agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector.
The NCSHPO is a 501(c)(3) corporation registered in the District of Columbia. The NCSHPO acts as a communications vehicle among the SHPOs and their staffs and represents the SHPOs with federal agencies and national preservation organizations. Questions about historic preservation in individual states (i.e. a federal project, listing in the National Register of Historic Places, tax incentives) should be directed to the respective state.