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Historic Preservation Office

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The Historic Preservation Office (HPO) promotes stewardship of the District of Columbia's historic and cultural resources through planning, protection and public education. HPO is part of the Office of Planning and serves as the staff to the Historic Preservation Review Board and Mayor's Agent for historic preservation.

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

HPO implements federal historic preservation programs as the State Historic Preservation Office for the District of Columbia.

SHPO duties include historic preservation planning, survey and identification of historic properties, public education, preservation review of government projects, and promotion of federal preservation tax incentives.

Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB)

The Historic Preservation Review Board designates historic landmarks and districts, makes recommendations to the Mayor on construction affecting those properties, and serves as a forum for community involvement in historic preservation. It also serves as the State Review Board for the District of Columbia, under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

Mayor's Agent

The Director of the Office of Planning is the Mayor’sAgent for historic preservation, providing guidance and helping to balance preservation with other public goals. The Director ensures that the HPO staff and their colleagues coordinate to ensure that preservation is fully integrated within the city’s overall planning programs.

Contact us by Email: historic.preservation@dc.gov