The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), in an effort to better follow the federal regulations laid out in 36 CFR Part 800.11, will be making changes to the procedures for initiating Section 106 consultation in Michigan in 2020.
Effective July 1, 2020 is the requirement that the identification of all historic properties, both archaeological and architectural, must be completed by individuals meeting the applicable federal qualifications.
Effective January 1, 2021, a series of revised mandatory application forms will be required for Section 106 consultation in Michigan. These forms are now available (below) so applicants can begin to use them and become familiar with their requirements.
Consultation requests which do not meet the new requirements by the specified effective dates will be returned to the applicant, unreviewed, for resubmittal. The guidance and documents below describe the changes in more detail. The Michigan SHPO will roll out educational initiatives to assist applicants with these changes in the second half of 2020.