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 materials should be submitted electronically by filling out this form. If you do not have access to a Google account, please use this version and submit supporting documents to

If you are unable to use the online form, please use the forms below and send the necessary documents to (please attach files individually as opposed to a packaged PDF) or by hard copy to the Assistant State Archaeologist.

An application will not be considered complete and put into review until all of the following information has been received.  To renew your permit please submit a new application and copies of any recently renewed curation agreements.

  • 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)


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.


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.

Rebecca Simon
Assistant State Archaeologist
1200 Broadway,
Denver, CO 80302