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Section 213 Reports


The ACHP’s regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act specify that when commenting on an undertaking affecting a National Historic Landmark, the ACHP may request a report from the Secretary of the Interior under Section 213 of the Act to assist it in the consultation. The preparation of these reports, like other functions assigned to the Secretary under the Act, is carried out by the National Park Service (NPS) on the Secretary’s behalf. Such reports typically detail the significance of an affected historic property, describe the effects of any proposed undertaking on the property, and recommend measures to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to the property. Section 213 reports have been requested by the ACHP in a number of high profile Section 106 cases where the reports have been integral to consultation.

In coordination with staff from the NPS, the ACHP developed guidance for requesting and coordinating the development of a Section 213 Report. The purpose of this guidance is to establish procedures for when and how the reports are sought, their content, and related logistical issues regarding scheduling and distribution. Such clarification ensures that Section 213 Reports are timely and structured to contribute to the consultation process that is underway. While this guidance was developed with federal agencies and participants in the Section 106 process in mind, it is also helpful for members of the general public, or those parties new to Section 106 consultation, in establishing an understanding of how a Section 213 Report might be requested and its role in Section 106 consultation.

Section 213 Reports Affecting Recent Cases

Click here to read about the Section 213 Report for the Presidio of San Francisco National Historic Landmark District.

Click here to read the Section 213 Report on the Old Patent Office Building, Washington, DC.

Click here to read the Section 213 Report on the Highwood Generating Station, Great Falls, Montana.

Click here to read the Section 213 Report on St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC.

For more information on the Section 106 process click here.

Updated May 6, 2009

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