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Survey of Historic Resources

New information when needing survey information for Section 106 projects

Due to COVID-19, our office will be temporarily accepting Section 106 reviews via email. Please send reviews to Please be aware that there may be delays in response due to these unusual circumstances.

As usual, the first step is for the federal agency to determine if there is an undertaking and develop an appropriate APE.  At this time, Casey Lee and Claire Meyer should be contacted by email with any questions.

Currently, our survey office is closed for appointments.  In order to assist with your project, here is a current list of properties in the National Register from Tennessee.  It includes an address and date the property was listed.   National Register files through 2015 continues to be available from the NPS National Register database.  Survey data for much of the state is available here.  You will not be able to access any other files at this time. A list of information files is here (add file linked) for reference purposes only.  When the Covid-19 pandemic has ended, the procedure will be to contact the survey staff coordinator Peggy Nickell and make an appointment to search files in the office.

The rest of the Section 106 process continues as usual.  The federal agency continues to be responsible for identifying historic resources within the area of potential effect and to determine effects to any historic properties as detailed below.

The survey of historic resources is ongoing. The focus and priority of the survey in recent years has changed from gathering data to trying to manage the data that has accumulated over the years. Now that much of the backlogged survey data has been entered into  the Tennessee Historical Commission’s Historic Architectural Survey GIS system, work will soon begin on updating the survey by collecting data in a digital format.*   The survey will always remain a work-in-process, with newly fifty-year-old properties surveyed and updates made as needed.  A survey application is in the final stages of development that will streamline the process to collect survey data and make it available to the public.  Historic Preservation Grants are given to communities to survey properties with a priority for surveys or updates in Certified Local Government communities.  Contact the staff listed below for any questions about starting or updating a survey in your area.

Archaeological resources are surveyed by the Tennessee Division of Archaeology.

*The SHPO Architecture Survey data can also be found  here for use with ArcGIS mapping products, including ArcOnline, a free mapping application

Contacts  -  Survey & GIS

Peggy Nickell                                                            Kerri Ross

(615) 770-1087                                                                                              (615) 770-1092                                                                         

Contact for:                                                                                                  Contact for:

Existing surveys                                                                                             CLG surveys

Updating surveys                                                                                          Updating surveys

New surveys                                                                                                   New surveys                               


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