Big Win! National Register of Historic Places Rulemaking Halted

January 21, 2021 by Sharee Williamson

Preservationists around the country have been seriously concerned about proposed changes to the regulations governing the National Register of Historic Places since they were first proposed in 2019. Last fall, despite an outpouring of public concern about the proposal, the new rule was forwarded for review by the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

During this review process, historic preservation advocacy organizations, state historic preservation offices, tribal governments, and tribal organizations pressed hard to make the case that the rule should be dropped. As a result, it was not finalized prior to the presidential transition and is not expected to be pursued by the Biden Administration.

This is a big win that demonstrates the strength of the historic preservation movement when we work together on policy priorities. Congratulations and thanks to all who helped to achieve this important victory!

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