Guidance and Agreement Documents

To assist entities tasked with coordinating project review, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) has developed guidance and agreement documents for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Code of Texas. This material provides supplemental instructions beyond the general overview in the Project Review portion of our website, and in the case of agreement documents, streamlines consultation for specific programs and agencies. For general updates regarding our project review procedures, please see How the THC Reviews Projects. To download the updated Request for SHPO Consultation form, please see What to Send for a Project Review.

Guidance Documents

The THC has developed fact sheets for Section 106 consultation for certain project types and agencies. When applicable, please consult these guides before submitting a project for review.
General guidance documents:

  • Section 106 for Homeowners
    This document is for homeowners who receive federal assistance for reconstruction, rehabilitation, or other construction activities at their homes. It provides an introduction to the National Historic Preservation Act and answers frequently asked questions about the THC’s role and review process.
  • Guidelines for Defining Areas of Potential Effects (coming soon)
    The area of potential effects (APE) is the geographic area within which effects to historic properties may occur as the result of an undertaking. For Section 106 review, the federal agency must first define the APE, then identify any historic properties within that area. This guidance document outlines the factors to consider when proposing an APE.
  • Streetscape Guidelines for Historic Commercial Districts
    This document provides an overview of how the THC reviews streetscape improvement projects, including guidance on the design of elements such as street and sidewalk replacement, street lighting, and accessibility upgrades.

Guidance documents by federal program or agency:

Program Alternatives

Section 106 regulations at 36 CFR 800.14 allow federal agencies to establish specific measures for implementing the review process. These alternatives may take the form of alternate procedures, programmatic agreements, or program comments, among others. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) maintains a list of nationwide program alternatives at http://www.achp.gov/progalt.

Further, the THC has entered into programmatic agreements to guide consultation on projects in Texas. Please consult the following list of active agreements prior to submitting a project for review, to ensure that the proper review process for your agency or project is followed:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    This agreement with FEMA and the Texas Division of Emergency Management provides for expedited review of emergency response following a presidentially declared disaster, and also covers non-emergency coordination of mitigation grant programs.
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
    The DOD has created internal policies in the document Instruction 4715.16: Cultural Resources Management, which requires that each installation develop an Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plan. Further, the ACHP has issued multiple program comments for the DOD and its branches, and the Army makes use of alternate procedures, all of which are available via the ACHP link above. In addition, the THC has entered into programmatic agreements for consultation at Fort Bliss in El Paso and Joint Base San Antonio, which encompasses Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, and Randolph Air Force Base.
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
    This agreement covers DOE grant programs funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG), State Energy Plan (SEP), and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). In Texas, the State Energy Conservation Office (part of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts) administers EECBG and SEP grants to county and municipal governments, while the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs administers WAP grants for the weatherization of homes. The DOE agreement is an umbrella for state-level agreements with these agencies and makes their terms applicable to direct recipients of DOE grants. For more information, see the applicable guidance documents, above.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    The THC has multiple agreements pertaining to HUD-funded programs. In most cases, HUD has delegated its responsibility for Section 106 compliance to the state or local government receiving HUD funds. The THC has entered into agreements with the Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) and the City of Dallas for their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other HUD-funded programs. For all other entities administering HUD funds, please see the Guidance Memorandum, above. In addition, THC and HUD have developed a programmatic agreement for those instances where HUD remains responsible for Section 106 compliance.

Project-specific agreements exist in addition to the agreements enumerated above. For more information or to obtain a copy of programmatic agreement applicable to your project, please contact the appropriate reviewer for your agency or region.

Memoranda of Understanding for the Antiquities Code of Texas

Projects involving state or local public land require review under the Antiquities Code of Texas. Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with other state agencies for compliance with the Antiquities Code include agreements with:

  • Lower Colorado River Authority
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Water Development Board

MOUs with the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Water Development Board, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are included in Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Antiquities Code of Texas (Texas Administrative Code, Title 13, Chapter 26), available under Statutes, Regulations, and Rules.