Locating Federal Facilities on Historic Properties

The federal government acknowledges the importance of strengthening our cities, to make them attractive places to live and work. To that end, executive agencies, when operationally feasible and fiscally prudent, must give first consideration to using historic buildings and central business districts.

Executive Order 13006: Locating Federal Facilities on Historic Properties in our Nation's Central Cities

The Order reaffirms the government's commitment to "strengthen our Nation's cities by encouraging the location of Federal facilities in our central cities...to provide leadership in the preservation of historic resources...and to acquire and utilize space in suitable buildings of historic, architectural, or cultural significance."

Executive Order 12072: Federal Space Management

Covers federal acquisition and use of facilities in urban areas. It also specifies the considerations to be employed in managing Federal space.

GSA Historic Property Leasing Price Preference [PDF - 284 KB]
This regulation revises the existing provision on historic preference. It aligns definitions of historic property and historic districts with definitions in the NHPA and Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. It also establishes how historic preference is applied to site acquisitions. The regulation creates a "price preference" (permitted additional cost) for historic buildings (10%) and undeveloped sites in historic districts (2.5%).

The 10% preference is intended to offset additional rehabilitation costs required to comply with the Secretary of Interior's Standards, under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The 2.5% preference considers potential development constraints associated with historic district regulation, but without the interior building restrictions applied to historic buildings.

Last Reviewed: 2019-02-26