NAPC advocates for effective practices, programs and funding that benefit local preservation programs

Values and Principles

Often, local historic preservation programs must defend their value and relevance – even continued existence – in the communities they serve. NAPC’s Advocacy Program helps local preservation programs by proactively advocating for changes that our community identifies as important. We also provide information and strategies to empower local programs to advocate for themselves. 

The Advocacy Program is guided by a set of principles and values that the organization uses as the framework for all of its programs (NAPC’s Values and Principles Statement). NAPC also believes the hallmarks of effective advocacy require an understanding of how the current policies and practices work at all levels of government, as well as the implications of proposed changes. We will work with our partners in preservation to advocate as a group and emphasize the effects on and needs of local preservation programs. 

There’s a role for you in these efforts! Please start conversations on matters that concern you, through NAPC-L or more direct communication with the Executive Director ( Contribute your experience, successful or not, when a topic is discussed on NAPC-L as we explore what is working and what could be more effective. NAPC’s Advocacy Committee is listening and learning from YOU as we advocate for extending the range of effective practices in our field.

Historic Preservation Policies and Issues

Climate Change: Comments on ACHP's Policy Statement

In May 2023, NAPC provided comments to our national partner the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's Policy Statement on Climate Change and Historic Preservation. Learn more about NAPC's recommendations and how local preservation programs can play a role in mitigating climate change.  

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Housing and Historic Preservation: Comments on ACHP's Policy Statement

In November 2023, NAPC provided comments to our national partner the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's Policy Statement on Housing and Historic Preservation. Lean more about this complex topic and how historic preservation can play a role with providing Americans with more options for housing.

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Application and Interpretation of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards

Local preservation commissions are often at the forefront of the application of preservation policy. Read NAPC's letter to our partners, ACHP, on how the interpretation of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation plays a large role in the success of local preservation programs.

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In 2010, NAPC joined the Federal Historic Preservation Program Task Force, which produced a detailed report on recommendations for improvements to increase the effectiveness of the Federal Historic Preservation Program.

In the early 1980s there were thousands of commissions who were dealing with development pressures in historic areas, and new amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act in 1980 created the Certified Local Government program to help commissions receive federal financial assistance to advanced local preservation efforts.

What was clearly absent was a forum for the discussion of mutual problems and a national voice representing the particular needs of commissions. The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions was founded in 1983 to meet these goals.

Commission interests were soon represented at countless meetings of the National Park Service (NPS), the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO), as well as on Capitol Hill at budget and other Congressional hearings and meetings about the national preservation programs.  NAPC also had an active role in various lawsuits and legislation regarding preservation issues.

Today NAPC remains a strong advocate for local historic preservation commissions, relying on its established relationships with our national partners to help local preservation programs succeed and thrive. When applicable, NAPC can also provide letters of support for our member commissions when faced with challenging issues.

National Partners

Since our inception in 1983, the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions has developed great partnerships with national preservation organizations to help fulfill our mission. We join our partners to support legislation and policies that benefit historic preservation at the local, state, and federal levels.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation’s historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.

The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) is the professional organization of state government officials who carry out the national historic preservation program as delegates of the Secretary of Interior pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization founded in 1949 to protect and promote historic places, including a collection of 27 sites. The National Trust frequently turns to grassroots supporters to help effect change at the local, state, and federal level. This includes advocating for preservation funding, saving historic places, and influencing key legislation.

The National Park Service is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior and oversees numerous preservation-related programs, including the National Register of Historic Places, National Historic Landmarks Program, Certified Local Government Program, and Federal Preservation Grants Program. The newly-designed Technical Preservation Services website features the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings, Preservation Briefs, information on Tax Incentives, and more!

Preservation Action is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization created in 1974 to serve as the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. Preservation Action seeks to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of the federal government for sound preservation policy and programs through a grassroots constituency empowered with information and training and through direct contact with elected representatives.


As a member of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, you become part of a national network of historic preservation commissions, boards of architectural review, staff, local and state preservation nonprofits, and residents of historic districts who value their historic resources.

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Support NAPC

NAPC is honored to serve as a national voice for local preservation. This would not be possible without support from members and partners around the country. Learn more about how you can further our mission to build strong local preservation programs and leaders through education, training and advocacy.