Whether you are a community looking to adopt a local preservation ordinance or an established historic preservation commission seeking technical assistance, National Alliance of Preservation Commissions can help.

Messaging Guide for Local Preservation Program

To help you communicate more effectively about your work, the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) created this guide with significant input from NAPC members and colleagues.

Online Design Guidelines

Looking for examples of design guidelines for your community? Our online design guidelines collection is organized by state for easy searching.

Preservations Plans

Visit this page to learn more about preservation planning and to see examples of preservation plans from around the country.

Technical Assistance

On this page you’ll find a small sampling of articles and resources to help commission members and staff do their jobs better. NAPC members enjoy access to our full technical assistance library.


By joining NAPC, you receive access to NAPC-L, our member discussion group, which is the ideal forum for the exchange of ideas and advice on all issues related to preservation commissions.

Professional Network Directory

Here you will find a detailed list of professional preservation services from across the country, including consultants, architects, educators, and attorneys.

CRSurveyor App

Cultural resource survey tool is designed to help communities survey cultural resources digitally. This solution allows a survey team from a community or organization to take phones or tablets in the field and accurately capture location and specific details about historic sites.


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.