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    Certified Local Government Program


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Become a Certified Local Government (CLG)


How to Become a Certified Local Government (CLG)
Is your community ready to enhance their commitment to historic preservation?  Then now is the time to become a Certified Local Government (CLG) and an active partner in the Federal Preservation Program.

What Does a CLG Do?
A Certified Local Government must meet the following minimum goals:
  • Establish a qualified historic preservation commission.

  • Enforce appropriate State or local legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties. In most cases this is done in the form of a local ordinance.

  • Maintain a system for the survey and inventory of local historic resources.

  • Facilitate public participation in the local preservation, including participation in the National Register listing process.

  • Follow additional requirements outlined in the State's CLG Procedures. Each state has Procedures for Certification that may establish additional requirements for becoming a CLG in that State.

How to get certified?
Certification happens jointly through steps by local, State, and Federal Governments:
 1.  Contact your State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and ask for the CLG Coordinator.  They will assist your community in understanding the requirements and application process.
  2.  Submit completed application to the SHPO, who will approve and forward to the National Park Service (NPS).
  3.  Certification occurs with NPS approval and written notification to the State and the Local Government.

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