Federal law requires every federal agency and/or any agency using federal funds, take into account how its projects and expenditures will affect historic properties. In most cases compliance requires the hiring of a professional who meets the federal standards of the Secretary of the Interior. The department has developed a set of guidelines (Washington State Standards for Cultural Resource Reporting) which outlines how to conduct the historic building survey and the inventory process. The guide is intended to explain survey standards and expectations and provides direction for professionals preparing and submitting Historic Property Inventory Forms and the survey reports that accompany them. Be aware that these guidelines do not set or interpret any policies, regulations, or permit requirements of any other public agency. For survey projects tied to federal, state, or local laws, these guidelines provide only technical information about the survey and inventory process and completion of related reports.
For specific information about various Federal and State programs and how to comply with their regulations relating to historic preservation see SHPO Compliance Page.