Resources and Rules

Preservation Laws and Regulations   

Do you have a project that needs a State or Federal review? If your project is on federal or state land, or is receiving federal or state funds, permits or licenses, your project WILL need to be reviewed by our staff at the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation (VDHP).

Online Resource Center (ORC) 

The Online Resource Center (ORC) provides online access to all documents related to historic preservation activities since the late 1960s. 

Online Resources for Vermont Architectural History 

A list of online resources for maps, photographs, architectural plans, and publications related to Vermont’s architectural history.

Barn Census  

The Vermont Barn Census is a statewide inventory of barns and other agricultural buildings that will establish the foundation for further efforts to preserve these important historic resources.

Preserving Unmarked Burials  

Burials site have special protections. Vermont state law prohibits disturbance of burial sites of any kind, even on private land. This includes unmarked burials as well as those marked with memorial stones.

Researching and Preserving Your Historic Building 

Rehabilitating an old building may seem daunting at first, but these resources will guide you. 

Predictive Model for Locating Precontact Archaeological Sites  

The predictive model is an initial desk review tool; it is only a coarse filter that may highlight potential site areas.

Guidelines for Conducting Archaeology in Vermont 

These guidelines should be utilized by consultants when conducting archaeology in Vermont.

Historic Preservation and Archaeology Consultant Lists 

Consultants on the following lists have attended the Annual Consultant Training and are qualified to work in Vermont.

Archaeological Investigations on State Lands, State Archaeological Landmarks, or Under State Waters

The Vermont Historic Preservation Act requires permits for exploration and field investigations to be undertaken on state lands, within the boundaries of a designated state archaeological landmark, or under state waters. 

Shapefile Templates for Archaeology Projects

This zip file contains five shapefiles with prefigured attribute tables to be used for project submissions as outlined in Appendix I of the Guidelines for Conducting Archaeology in Vermont.

Digging into Archaeology 

Vermont has a remarkably rich and diverse archaeological heritage spanning nearly 13,000 years of human history. 

Photographic Documentation Requirements for Historic Structures 

If your project involves the substantial alteration, relocation, or demolition of a historic resource, you may need to prepare a Historic Resource Documentation Package prior to starting the project.

Criteria for Evaluating the Effect of Proposed Telecommunication Facilities, Transmission Lines,  and Wind Power Facilities on Historic Resources  

The installation of telecommunications facilities, transmission lines, wind power facilities and other similar projects may affect historic resources directly and indirectly.

Contact Us

Laura V. Trieschmann, State Historic Preservation Officer

One National Life Drive
Deane C. Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501

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