Historic Preservation

Review and Compliance

When Do You Need Historic Preservation Review?

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 VDHP.

Certified Local Government Program

Calais Town Hall, Calais
Calais Town Hall, Calais
Strengthening local preservation programs, the Certified Local Government (CLG) program encourages the direct participation of local governments in the identification, evaluation, registration, and preservation of historic properties within their jurisdictions. It promotes the integration of local preservation interests and concerns into local planning and decision-making processes.

State Plan

SOV Historic Preservation Plan, 2016-2021
Historic Preservation Plan, 2016-2021
The Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and the Division for Historic Preservation (VDHP) have the responsibility under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 for developing a Statewide Historic Preservation Plan every five year

Planning for Preservation

Historic preservation does not happen by chance, it requires the proper planning, foresight, and education to ensure the protection of Vermont’s historic resources. Effective preservation involves partners and the concerted involvement of many individuals and organizations. With a broad-based effort, thousands of historic resources can endure as landmarks to narrate this brave little state’s distinct sense of place. 

Roadside Historic Markers

2nd Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Burlington
Unveiled in 1947 by the Vermont Legislature, the Roadside Historic Site Marker program has proven an effective way to commemorate Vermont’s many people, events, and places of regional, statewide, or national significance. Over 240 cast-aluminum green markers, crested with the distinctive gold state seal, are placed throughout Vermont to provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and insights into the present.

Barn Census

ACCESS THE VERMONT BARN CENSUS DATABASE

Barn in Ferrisburg, VT
Barn in Ferrisburg, VT
How many barns are in Vermont? In what kind of condition are they? Are significant numbers lost each year? What can be done to preserve these icons of our history and landscape?

Historic Sites and Structures Survey [HSSS]

Lacasse Farm, Williston
Lacasse Farm, Williston
Surveying Vermont’s historic resources is the foundation of our preservation program. Statewide survey began in earnest in 1967 and strengthened by the Vermont Historic Preservation Act of 1975. During this time, more than 30,000 historical, architectural and archaeological properties have been recorded and added to the state’s inventory of historic sites; the Historic Sites and Structures Survey (HSSS).

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