Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
Environmental Review for the Built Environment
Section 106 review takes its name from Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA). Section 106 requires federal agencies or their applicants to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic structural and archaeological properties. The Section 106 process must be completed prior to the spending of federal funds or issue of a federal license or permit for the undertaking. The Section 106 process must be conducted as directed by federal regulation (36 CFR Part 800).
Under the NHPA, the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development is given the role of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Within the SHPO there are two offices that conduct Section 106 on a joint basis, the Division of Historic Preservation and the Division of Archaeology. The Division of Historic Preservation reviews the effects of federal actions on above-ground structures. Currently, the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation processes over 19,000 federal projects annually -- everything from highway construction to bringing blighted housing up to code, levee projects, cell towers, restoration of historic federal buildings, and construction of park and recreation facilities. Section 106 review is a positive advisory process that affords federal agencies the opportunity to take historic preservation fully into account as part of their overall planning process.
In order to carry out its review the Division of Historic Preservation requires the following information:
Cover letter with attached background describing the following:
If you are submitting a cellular communication tower project for Section 106 review, please access the Federal Communication Web site Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for information on what is required for SHPO Section 106 review.
If you have any questions, please contact Mike Varnado in the Division of Historic Preservation at (225) 219-4596 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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