Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Law and Legal Definition

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is responsible in promoting the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of American historic resources. The Council also advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. This is an independent federal agency established in 1966 and is the only entity with the legal responsibility to encourage federal agencies to factor historic preservation into federal project requirements.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation serves as the primary federal policy advisor to the President and Congress; recommends administrative and legislative improvements for protecting the nation's heritage; advocates full consideration of historic values in federal decision-making; and reviews federal programs and policies to promote effectiveness, coordination, and consistency with national preservation policies.