The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is the official historic preservation agency for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PHMC’s Executive Director serves as our State Historic Preservation Officer and our staff includes preservationists, planners, GIS specialists, public historians, archaeologists and an architect.

A bureau within the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), PA SHPO administers state historic preservation programs authorized through the Pennsylvania History Code (Title 37 of the Pennsylvania Code), the Pennsylvania Historic District Act (Act 167 of 1961), and manages several Federal programs created by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 470) (NHPA). Our work is guided by the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board and the Commonwealth’s historic preservation plan, #PreservAtionHappensHere.

PA SHPO’s programs include:

  • Certified Local Government Program
  • Community Preservation Program
  • Education and Outreach
  • Environmental Review
  • Historic Property Inspection Program
  • Historic Tax Credit Programs
  • Historical Marker Program
  • Keystone Historic Preservation Grants
  • National Register of Historic Places
  • Survey Programs

Learn more about PA SHPO and these programs at on our website.