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Laws & Regulations

There are numerous Federal and state laws, as well as various regulations and agreements emanating from them that govern the treatment of historic and archaeological resources in Maine. Such laws are generally restricted to protecting cultural resources that may be threatened by Federal and/or state funded or permitted projects (for more details on the Commission's consultation role in this procedure see the Project Review section), and do not provide the level of protection afforded by municipal historic preservation ordinances or zoning.

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is the most well-known of these laws, as it offers the broadest protection of cultural resources in the United States. The Commission currently reviews 3000-3500 projects under this law every year, which include but are not limited to:

  • Maine Department of Transportation projects funded by the US Federal Highway Administration,
  • community development and housing rehabilitation projects utilizing USDA Rural Development and/or US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds,
  • Department of Defense base closures or military construction projects,
  • residential and commercial pier and dock projects requiring permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers,
  • projects undertaken by the National Park Service at Acadia National Park and elsewhere in the state, and
  • telecommunication tower and antennae installations

Maine's Site Location of Development Law is also significant as a protection for cultural resources in the state as it requires the Commission's consultation on impacts resulting from large-scale developments that may not come under Section 106 jurisdiction. It is estimated that the Commission reviews roughly 300-500 projects under this law per year.

For more information on cultural resource laws, please see the links to the right.