State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) administers the national historic preservation program at the State level, reviews National Register of Historic Places nominations, maintains data on historic properties that have been identified but not yet nominated, and consults with Federal agencies during Section 106 review. SHPOs are designated by the governor of their respective State or territory.

Federal agencies seek the views of the appropriate SHPO when identifying historic properties and assessing effects of an undertaking on historic properties. Agencies also consult with SHPOs when developing Memoranda of Agreement.

In Colorado, the SHPO is housed within Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) along with the Office of the State Archaeologist.