Historic Preservation Law in a Nutshell provides the leading in-depth summary of historic preservation law within its local, state, tribal, federal, and international contexts. Historic preservation is a burgeoning area of law that includes aspects of property, land use, environmental, constitutional, cultural resources, international, and Native American law. This book covers the primary federal statutes, and many facets of state statutes, dealing with the protection and preservation of historic resources. It also includes key topics like the designation process, federal agency obligations, local regulation, takings and other constitutional concerns, and real estate development issues.

Click here to read a book review of the first edition from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Nutshells
Publication Date: 01/10/2018
Related Subject(s): Land Use, Property

Sara C. Bronin, University of Connecticut School of Law

Ryan M. Rowberry, Georgia State University College of Law


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  • Updated references to and quotations from the National Historic Preservation Act throughout the book, which reflect its recodification to 54 U.S.C.
  • Integrated new case law throughout the book
  • Updated statistics on national and local trends in Historic Preservation Law
  • Revised our coverage of the Antiquities Act (Chapter 11) to reflect current challenges from the Trump administration and its recodification to 54 U.S.C.
  • Revised and expanded Table of Cases and Statutes for easy reference

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