Archaeology and Paleontology Law & Permits

Under the Historical, Prehistorical, and Archaeological Resources Act of 1973 (CRS 24-80-401 to 410), a permit is required to conduct archaeological or paleontological investigations on state lands, which includes city and county as well as any political subdivision of the state. Permits can be issued at any time throughout the calendar year but most permits expire the last day of February of the following year. Before submitting a permit application, please review the Rules and Procedures for descriptions of the different permit types, minimum qualifications for individuals listed on the permit, and the reporting requirements, among other important information.

Application

An application will not be considered complete and put into review until all of the following information has been received. 

  • A signed Archaeology and Paleontology Permit Application
  • A current curriculum vitae [CV] for each individual listed on the permit application
  • A curation agreement with a State Approved Museum (applies to all permits except Non-Collection Survey Only permits)
  • A research design for proposed excavation (for Excavation permits only

If you previously held a permit, submit a new application with updated CVs (including waivers, kept on file for no more than five years) and Curation Agreements (kept on file for the duration of the agreement). To amend a permit for the current year use the application form and select "Amendment to Current Permit" or send an inquiry to HC_Archpermit@state.co.us.

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Reporting

All reporting requirements can be found in Section 7(J) of the Rules and Procedures document so please reference that before submitting any permit reports.

End of Year Reports

End-of-year reports (EOY) are due by December 31 of the permit year. EOY reports must include the following:

  • A bibliography of reports on all projects conducted under the state permit
  • A listing of all sites and isolated find recorded under the permit
  • A catalog of all materials collected on state lands and the name of the repository in which the materials are curated
  • A brief summary of any work still in progress under the permit

End-of-year reports may be submitted in any format you prefer, as long as it includes all of the required information. For your convenience, you may choose to download and use the EOY reporting template below. Please note: using this template is NOT required at this time.

PLEASE BE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT PERMIT NUMBER INCLUDED

Preliminary/Progress Reports

A preliminary or progress report is due by December 31 of the year in which the investigations began, and annually thereafter for multi-year projects. Progress reports are due in the years following the initial preliminary/EOY report. These reports should provide details on the nature of the investigation, important findings, expected timeline of completion of final report, and other pertinent information.

Final Report

A final report must be submitted within three years after the conclusion of field work. Final reports should meet the Secretary of Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation reporting. You may also find the Colorado Cultural Resource Survey Manual useful as a report guide.

Important Resources

Further Repository Information on this site.


Contact:

HC_Archpermit@state.co.us
OR
Rebecca Simon
Assistant State Archaeologist
303-866-4671
1200 Broadway,
Denver, CO 80302