Archaeology dig

PLPCO’s Role

By law, impacts to historic, prehistoric, and archaeological resources must be taken into account prior to expending state funds or approving any undertaking on state lands (Utah Code § 9-8-404). This evaluation can lead to the performance of record searches, surveys, or excavations. Any of these activities on state lands must be completed under the supervision of a principal investigator permitted by PLPCO.


  • works with state and federal agencies to promote the responsible use and preservation of archaeological resources and
  • oversees permitting of archaeological work on state lands.

Archaeology Permitting

Utah Administrative Code, Title R694 regulates archeological permits, including applicants’ qualifications, application process, review, amendment, suspension, revocation, and reinstatement of the permits.

Types of Permits:

  • Principal Investigator Permit to Conduct Archaeological Surveys

Issued to qualified individuals to conduct surveys on state land (§ 9-8-305); and is required by the Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History to access archaeology site files and receive site and project numbers.

Download permit application form with instructions:

PDFPrincipal Permit Application Microsoft WordPrincipal Permit Application
  •  Archaeology Excavation Permit

Issued to PLPCO permitted principal investigators who need to perform testing or excavation of archaeological resources on state lands.

Download permit application form with instructions:

PDFExcavation Permit Application Microsoft WordExcavation Permit Application

Send Complete Applications To:

Applications and supporting documentation can be e-mailed to or sent to:

Public Lands Policy Coordination Office
5110 State Office Building
P.O. Box 141107
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1107

Please allow for a 30-day review period for both types of permits.

Principal Investigators List

The list of principal investigators is updated every two to three months.

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