Department of Historic Resources
ePIX - Electronic Project Information Exchange
The Electronic Project Information Exchange (ePIX) system has been developed by
the Department of Historic Resources (DHR) Office of Review and Compliance (ORC)
as a tool to aid our customers in the submission of projects that require our review
pursuant to specific provisions of state and federal law and to streamline consultation
with our office. As an integrated digital consultation tool, ePIX allows individuals
to submit through their account on the ePIX website new projects to DHR. ePIX also
allows users to monitor the review status of existing projects they have previously
submitted. Those registered in the system are also able to view the project review
application and review status of projects for which they are identified by the submitter
as contacts - such as a lead agency representative, consulting party, or consultant.
To further expedite consultation, all comments by DHR will be issued electronically
and provided via email to project contacts.
This system can be used for the following project types:
Federal Projects: There are several provisions of federal regulation that
require consultation with our office (see DHR's
website for a list). Most commonly, agencies and individuals seek our comment
under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended,
which requires all federal agencies to consider the effects on historic properties
of any project for which they are providing funding, a license or a permit. DHR,
which serves as Virginia's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), assists federal
agencies in meeting this responsibility. For detailed information on Section 106
of the NHPA, and its implementing regulations codified at 36 CFR Part 800, please
If you are required to obtain DHR's comments for an application to the FCC, such
as for a cell tower project, do not use ePIX. You must use the FCC's
E-106 system. Please see DHR's
Cell Tower webpage for more information on our review of FCC projects.
State Projects: There are also several state requirements that may trigger
review by this office (see DHR's
website for a list). DHR's comments must be sought as part of the Virginia
Environmental Impact Review Act and on all demolition of state properties. It is
important to note that there are many state-managed programs that use federal funds
and are therefore subject to Section 106 review under federal law.
Technical Assistance: DHR is sometimes asked to provide our technical assistance
in the review of projects when those projects are not subject to the other provisions
of federal and state preservation law. Technical assistance is provided when federal
or state involvement is anticipated but not known, during initial project scoping,
and as requested by a local government in their administration of a local proffer
If you have been asked to seek the comments of this office, but do not know which
federal or state process is triggering the review, you will need to contact the
entity that instructed you to seek the comments of this office to get this information.
If you would like more general information about DHR's review process, please visit
the ORC homepage.