Washington Bulk Transmission Cultural Resource Assessment(11-WA)
The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) works with agencies, tribes, private citizens, and developers to identify and develop protection strategies for cultural resources. As part of the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act process, agencies must consult with DAHP to assure that cultural resources are identified, and to obtain the formal opinion of DAHP on each site’s significance and the impacts of its action upon the site. Under SEPA, DAHP provides formal opinions to local governments and other state agencies on a site’s significance and the impact of proposed projects upon such sites. Additional information regarding compliance with federal and state laws is available on the DAHP website.
Developers must comply with Washington state law when human remains or other cultural resources are discovered on the project site. The discovery of cultural resources may require obtaining a permit and providing public notice and notice to Indian Tribes. In Washington, every person has a duty to notify the coroner upon the discovery of any human remains in the most expeditious manner possible. Developers must immediately cease all ground-disturbing activity upon discovery of human remains. The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation handles the disposition of non-forensic remains, while the county coroner handles the disposition of forensic remains. If the remains are determined to be non-forensic, then DAHP must make a determination as to whether the remains are Indian or non-Indian. If the remains are Indian, then local tribes must be given notice and must be allowed to oversee the administration of the remains.
Developers must obtain an Archaeological Excavation Permit from DAHP before removal of archaeological or historic artifacts discovered on the project site. Developers must submit a permit application to DAHP for review. DAHP must then provide public notice of the application, and allow for public comment. An Archaeological Excavation Permit will only be issued following full consideration of all public comments. 
Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply
Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.
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List of Reference Sources
- RCW - 68.50 Human Remains (1963). 645(3)(d)
- WAC - 25-48 Archaeological Excavation and Removal Permit (2006). 080(3)