How to Participate in the Section 106 Process

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Are you concerned about a project in your community that may impact historic or archaeological resources? Federal, state, and certain local laws afford varying levels of protection to our cultural heritage. Public input about these significant places is vital to guiding project planning and the decision-making process.

If the project has state or federal funding, permitting, licensing, or other agency involvement, the law requires the involved agency develop measures to avoid, reduce or mitigate any harm to historic and archaeological resources. This historic preservation review process is commonly called "Section 106." MHT review helps ensure agency compliance with the laws and promotes the appropriate stewardship of Maryland's heritage resources.

MHT's participation in project review is solely limited to those projects where there is state or federal agency involvement. You can Search the Compliance Log to see if a project has been submitted to MHT for review. Some projects may be subject to review or controls under local jurisdictions. Contact the Project Review and Compliance Unit by email at for questions and assistance. If your concerns involve a project we are not involved with, staff will help direct you appropriately.

The ACHP's Citizen's Guide to Section 106 Review was designed to help citizens make their voices heard by explaining the Section 106 process and how to constructively contribute to that process.

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