Welcome to the State Historic Preservation Office
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) encourages and facilitates the responsible stewardship of South Carolina's irreplaceable historic and prehistoric places.
The SHPO was established in 1969 to implement the goals of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, which extended federal support to state and local preservation efforts. The SHPO, which receives federal funds through the National Park Service, is a program of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
** As a temporary measure during the current COVID-19 situation, the SHPO is accepting Review & Compliance project
review submittals and Homeowner Tax Credit application submittals via email. **
To submit Review & Compliance projects send an email to the SHPO Project Review staff member for the appropriate agency.
To submit Homeowner S1, S2, S2 Amendment, and/or S3 applications send an email to Pam Kendrick with your tax credit
application, photos, and plans/specifications for review.
Ask for and we will provide an emailed acknowledgement that a project submittal email was received. Note: Our email
server occasionally screens or otherwise does not deliver an email.
Please list in your email what files/review information is attached. Note: Our email server does not always deliver attachments.
Please limit attachments to 25 MB. For larger files you will need to use an FTP site (ex: WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive,
The 2020 Historic Preservation Conference scheduled for April 17 has been postponed. The conference is re-scheduled for September 25, 2020. Please check our website for the updated details later in the summer.
The March 20, 2020 National Register Review Board Meeting has been POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
2020 Statewide Historic Preservation Awards Nominations Sought DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 1, 2020
Guidebook to SC Historical Markers - Winter 2019 (PDF) - Includes a list of all markers approved by the S.C. Historical Marker Program, organized by county and order of approval; a guide to markers by select subjects and time periods; and frequently asked questions.
Maintenance of the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office web pages is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, administered by the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.
U.S. Department of the Interior regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility operated by a recipient of federal assistance, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240.