Understanding Preservation Law
The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides legal advocacy support and legal resources to communities and organizations throughout the country to strengthen and ensure the effectiveness of local, state and federal preservation laws.
Preservation laws are important tools that can shape, modify, strengthen or otherwise improve preservation programs. Important laws exist at the federal, state and local levels that require preservation in some cases and encourage it in others.
- Federal Preservation Law
- State Preservation Law
- Local Preservation Law
- Constitutional Issues
- Preservation Law Glossary
Owners of historic properties devote considerable time, effort and expense to restoring the character of their properties. For property owners looking to permanently protect their properties, one of the most effective legal tools available is the preservation easement – a private legal interest conveyed by a property owner to a preservation organization or to a government entity.