Department of Housing & Community Development

How to get a Letter from the SHPO

As of January 1, 2014, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation began accepting all Act 250, Public Service Board, 22 VSA, and Section 106 project submittals by email. Submittals should be sent to

The Division will still accept materials in paper form, if necessary, but we would appreciate every effort to submit project information digitally. This will reduce the amount of staff time required to scan hard copies into our new all-digital format and will increase the amount of time available to review projects. We expect this change will streamline the review process, reduce the amount of paper consumption associated with our various programs, and help us to continue improving our customer service in the digital age. If you have a file that is larger than 15MB and/or are working on a larger project with multiple large files, we request applicants submit the materials on a compact disc.

We are in the process of finalizing our internal review process and protocols for this exciting change, and will be notifying consultants, federal and state agencies, and other interested parties of our new guidelines.  



Current Process for Obtaining a Review Letter from the SHPO:

If your project involves federal or state funding, licenses or permits, you may be asked to get a letter from the Vermont State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) concerning your project's effect on cultural resources. In Vermont, the SHPO is also known as the Division for Historic Preservation.  Project review consists of identifying a project's potential impacts to historic buildings and structures, historic districts, historic landscapes and settings, and to known or potential archaeological resources. Project review is a consultative process between the applicant and the Division.

Applicants are encouraged to contact our office as early as possible in the project planning process.

We can assist in identifying historic resources in the project area and provide guidance on how to evaluate and avoid potential impacts to those resources as an outcome of the project. While protecting historic resources, this can save you time and money in the development of your project.

To begin the project review and consultation process, please submit the following materials:

  1. Submit this Project Review Cover Form for all projects.  We have provided a fillable PDF. You will have to fill the form out and save it to your computer then email the form as an attachment to
  2. Cover Letter that includes the name of the federal or state agency involved in the project, the type of funding, license or permit for which you are applying, a description of the project and project goals, a description of the overall project area, a list of all buildings or structures in the project area and their dates of construction (if known), and a description of any previous ground disturbance (if known).
  3. Project Location Map and Site Map
  4. Project Plans
  5. Archeological and/or historic building reports (if available)
  6. If the project includes buildings and structures that are more than fifty years old, current photographs of the project area and the buildings/structures involved. (Please submit photographs as .jpeg files)

Please submit electronic versions of your project review materials to

Our preference is for documents, maps, plans, reports, etc. to be sent as .pdf files and photographs to be formatted as .jpegs

You may submit hard (paper) copies to the address below if you are unable to submit your project materials digitally. Compact discs should also be mailed to this address:

Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
1 National Life Dr, Davis Bldg, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT  05620-0501

If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact:

James P. Duggan | Historic Preservation Review Coordinator
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
1 National Life Dr, Davis Bldg, 6th Floor | Montpelier, VT 05620-0501
802-477-2288 office | 802-828-3206 fax

Jamie Duggan, Historic Preservation Review Coordinator

Scott Dillon, Survey Archaeologist
802- 272-7358

Yvonne Benney Basque, Historic Resources Specialist