Preliminary Consultation

The National Park Service is available to provide advice in the early stages of project planning to the extent possible within its workload. This guidance applies to all requests for preliminary consultations and meetings about projects for which the Historic Preservation Certification Application has not yet been submitted.

Exterior view of a Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Preliminary Consultations

  • It is at the discretion of the SHPO, not the applicant, to request a preliminary consultation. The SHPO must feel that NPS input is warranted prior to submission of the Part 2 application.

  • A preliminary consultation focuses on one or several specific issues (e.g., change to a street fa├žade or change to a significant floor plan); it is not a review of an entire project.

  • Preliminary consultations are only advisory because facts and circumstances of a project may change between the time of a preliminary consultation and submission of the Part 2 application. NPS conveys an oral response directly to the SHPO.

  • Even when a preliminary consultation has occurred, NPS advises applicants to submit a complete Part 2 application early so that any questionable treatments can be resolved prior to beginning work.

Preliminary Meetings

  • It is at the discretion of the SHPO, not the applicant, to request a preliminary meeting. The SHPO must feel that NPS input is warranted prior to submission of the Part 2 application.

  • If not previously provided, photographs of the historic property, a description of the significance of the property (such as a draft or completed National Register nomination), and applicable plans of existing conditions and proposed work must be provided through the SHPO to NPS for review prior to the meeting.

  • The location, whether on site or in Washington, and time of the meeting will be determined by NPS.

  • The SHPO will have the opportunity to attend the meeting in person or to participate via telephone. When the SHPO is unable to attend the meeting, the applicant must first consult with the SHPO about the issues of concern.