To initiate the formal Section 106 consultation process with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Federal agency (or applicant) is required to submit a cover letter with specific information and attachments. Technically, this information should come from the Federal agency, but Federal agencies occasionally authorize applicants for Federal assistance or permits to initiate consultation with the SHPO directly. Download the CHECKLIST FOR SECTION 106 SUBMISSION.
If the project is located within the boundaries of the Nez Perce or Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservations, contact the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer to start consultation.
If the project is taking place on Federal (e.g., U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management) or Tribal (reservation) land, or if it is a project associated with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), it is necessary to consult with the cultural resource professional employed by the land-managing agency, Tribe, or ITD before consulting with SHPO.