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Historic Preservation Policy

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Effective Date: 
May 1, 2006
Last Revised Date: 
October, 2023
Policy Number: 
Responsible Unit: 
Planning, Design & Construction

Purpose and Summary

The University of Arizona (University) recognizes that Historic Resources must be considered in the planning for land and facility use and development. The purpose of this Policy is to express the stewardship role and responsibilities of the University regarding the Preservation of Historic Resources within the University Planning Area, and at other locations owned by or under the control of the University (e.g., Campus Agricultural Center, Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill).


This Policy applies to all University employees.


Adaptive Use means a rehabilitative process of returning a property (building) to a state of utility through repair or alteration, which makes possible an efficient contemporary (institutional) use while preserving those portions and features of the property which are significant to its historic, architectural, and cultural values.

Arizona Antiquities Act of 1960 (as amended) means the regulations designed to identify and protect significant archaeological resources on property owned or controlled by the state.

Eligible for Inclusion in the National or State Register means properties determined as such by the Secretary of the Interior or the State Historic Preservation Office and all other properties that meet National or State Register listing criteria.

Historic Resources means any prehistoric or historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in, or Eligible for Inclusion in the National or State Register of Historic Places. This includes artifacts, records, and remains that are related to and located within such properties.

Preservation means not only the preservation in place of a building or other cultural resources, but also the preservation of information about that resource.

State Historic Preservation Act of 1982 means regulations designed to identify and protect significant resources on property owned or controlled by the state.

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) means the state office designated by the governor to administer the state historic preservation program pursuant to state legislation.


  1. The University will comply with the provisions of the State Historic Preservation Act of 1982 and the Arizona Antiquities Act of 1960, as amended.
  2. The University will document Historic Resources or potential Historic Resources consistent with the State Historic Preservation Act of 1982, in a professionally competent and responsible manner, and in consultation with the SHPO.
  3. Nomination of potential historical, archaeological, cultural, and architectural resources owned or controlled by the University of Arizona (Arizona Board of Regents) for state or federal designation (National Register of Historic Places) will be with the expressed written authorization of the University president. The president, in making the determination, will consult with the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, University staff, faculty, and other resources as needed.
  4. The University will consider Adaptive Use or reuse of Historic Resources under ownership and control of the University in the planning and implementation of projects when possible.

Compliance and Responsibilities

  1. The University will encourage public appreciation of historic values through educational programs, and through the study and interpretation of archaeological, architectural, and historical resources throughout Arizona.
  2. The University Historic Preservation Coordinator (HPC) is responsible for the compliance of this Policy.
  3. The HPC is responsible for compliance with all applicable state regulations.
  4. The HPC is responsible for coordinating University activities and projects with the SHPO, as necessary or appropriate, and will be supported in these efforts by campus planning staff.
  5. The HPC is appointed by the president and is the designated University liaison with the SHPO. The HPC is responsible for the preparation of any and all required reports from the SHPO.

Frequently Asked Questions*

There are no FAQs associated with this Policy.


Revision History*

10/12/2023: Non-substantive administrative updates were made to bring the Policy to current policy format standards.

05/01/2006: New Policy approved.

* Please note that sections titled Frequently Asked Questions, Sources, Related Information, and Revision History are provided solely for the convenience of users and are not part of the official University policy.

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