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Certified Local Government Program

This nationwide program helps local preservation groups transform themselves from grass-roots advocates to policymakers. A city, county or township with a qualifying heritage preservation ordinance and commission (HPC) may become a Certified Local Government (CLG) by applying to the SHPO.

CLG status enables the local government to apply for federal matching grants to preserve historic properties. This local-state-federal partnership encourages the integration of historic preservation into local government policy.

CLG Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain a qualified HPC.
  • Maintain a system for identifying historic properties.
  • Enforce appropriate legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties.
  • Provide for public participation in the local preservation program.
  • Play an expanded role in nominating properties to the National Register.
  • Perform other agreed-upon functions delegated by the SHPO.

How to Apply

See Procedures for Applying for and Maintaining CLG Status (pdf).

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