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Heritage Preservation Commissions

Heritage Preservation Commissions

Become an advocate for your community's unique historic character. Encourage your local government to establish a heritage preservation commission (HPC) that will identify, protect and preserve the community's irreplaceable historic and archaeological resources.

HPC Responsibilities

Citizen members of HPCs can:

  • Conduct historic resource surveys.
  • Recommend local designation of historic properties.
  • Develop and enforce design guidelines for locally designated historic properties.
  • Undertake preservation education in the community.

Getting Started

  • Contact SHPO staff for interpretation of Minnesota's HPC enabling legislation and guidance on HPC powers and responsibilities.
  • Once your HPC is set up, send your members to the SHPO's annual statewide historic preservation conference. Each fall the conference, hosted by a different Minnesota city, addresses topics central to the work of preservationists, provides practical working sessions for HPCs and sponsors field trips to local historical venues.
  • Use your HPC as a stepping stone to becoming a Certified Local Government (CLG). Through the CLG Program your local government can take part in other national historic preservation programs including federal matching grants.

For More Information

Contact: Michael Koop, Historic Preservation Program specialist.