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Preservation Requirements
Federal Preservation Requirements / Standards
Federal preservation-related Law began basically with the Antiquities Act of 1906; followed by the Historic Sites Act of 1935; however, it was the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 which brought preservation requirements directly to the State and Local-levels. There are other Acts that apply in specific instances which have been adopted since this time but the next most important is the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.

These Laws and requirements set the base standards for the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board which was created in 1986 with the formal State of Wyoming and National Park Service certification of Cheyenne as a recognized Certified Local Government (CLG)

Copies of these preservation-related Laws can be found in the City’s Preservation Office, the State Library, and at the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Wyoming Preservation Requirements / Standards
To accomplish State and federally mandated requirements, a “Wyoming Comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan” was created. The 2007-2015 version is the most current guidance to Wyoming communities and is the guidance which the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board must follow.

The other State guidance document is the “Wyoming Certified Local Government Handbook”, July 2006

Copies of these State-level preservation-related requirements can be found in the City’s Historic Preservation Office, the State Library, and at the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

City Standards
The City standards are contained in City Code, Chapter 2.64. The Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board reviews all applications for demolition of any structures listed as “contributing” (Section 2.64.090 of City Code) on the City’s list of historic structures. The Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board shall then grant or deny the demolition permit following a public meeting within 45 days of the application being referred to the Board.

For the application for demolition of a contributing historic structure, please click on the following link: Demolition Application. Whether a structure is considered "contributing" is based on the reports found in the historic district nomination forms, available here. To determine whether a structure is listed as contributing, please call (307) 637-6286 or send us an email.