National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act (NHLPA)

The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 provides an opportunity for the preservation of federally-owned historic light stations. The NHLPA program is a partnership among the United States Coast Guard; National Park Service, Department of Interior; U.S. General Services Administration and new stewards. The NHLPA recognizes the cultural, recreational, and educational value associated with historic light stations by allowing these national treasures to be transferred at no cost to federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit corporations, educational and community development organizations.

Each year, GSA issues Notices of Availability for historic light stations available for transfer and works with the USCG to arrange inspections at the properties. In addition, GSA initiates, develops, and executes conveyance documents. In the event that no steward is recommended to receive the historic light station, GSA will sell the property in accordance with procedures outlined in the NHLPA. You can learn more about which lighthouses are currently available and all processes and procedures for eligibility through the Office of Real Property Utilization & Disposal Resource Center.

GSA's New England Region Real Property Utilization and Disposal Division supports NHLPA in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, U.S. Virgin Islands and Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Last Reviewed: 2022-05-05