Certified Local Government Program (CLG)
The 1980 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, provided for the establishment of a Certified Local Government Program (CLG) to encourage the direct participation of local governments in the identification, evaluation, registration, and preservation of historic properties within their jurisdictions and promote the integration of local preservation interests and concerns into local planning and decision-making processes. The CLG program is a partnership among local governments, the State of California (OHP), and the National Park Service (NPS) which is responsible for administering the National Historic Preservation Program.
As part of the CLG Program, federal grants are awarded annually to local governments to assist with historic preservation programs. The most recent California CLG grant recipients are listed below. To learn more about the grant program, please visit our CLG Grant Program webpage.
2017-2018 CLG Grant Awards
Four cities will receive a total of $160,000 in federal grants to assist local historic preservation programs. The OHP is awarding the 2017-2018 Certified Local Government (CLG) grants to the cities of Los Angeles, Riverside, Benicia, and the city and county of San Francisco.
The CLG Program is a partnership among local governments, OHP and the National Park Service, which is responsible for administering the National Historic Preservation Program. The CLG program encourages the direct participation of local governments in the identification, evaluation, registration, and preservation of historic properties within their jurisdictions and promotes the integration of local preservation interests and concerns into local planning and decision-making processes.
Below are the cities awarded the grants:
- Los Angeles, $40,000. The city will develop a historic context that focuses on resources associated with important programs, groups, organizations, institutions, and individuals that contributed significantly to promoting women’s rights and improving the lives of women in Los Angeles. It will provide a clear framework to evaluate these resources and support historic designations. The context contributes to the citywide historic context developed as part of SurveyLA.
- Riverside, $40,000. Riverside will prepare a citywide context and survey of historic properties associated with the city’s Latino community. Other activities include community meetings and the development of an audio/visual podcast and story map.
- Benicia, $40,000. The city will update the Historic District Design Guidelines within the Downtown Historic Conservation Plan. The product will be user-friendly, visual rather than text based, and conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
- San Francisco, $40,000. The Chinese American Experience in San Francisco will be the topic of this historic context project. While San Francisco’s Chinatown has been the topic of many programs and publications, those accounts have not been comprehensive or citywide in scope. This context will remedy that deficiency.
California is required to issue a minimum of ten-percent of its yearly share of federal funds received through the National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund Grants Program to Certified Local Governments. These are local governments where the NPS has certified their preservation programs.
The OHP awards Certified Local Government grants on a competitive basis; the local government must provide a 40 percent match that can a combination of public funds, private funds, and allowable in-kind donations.
The OHP is a Division of California State Parks. The mission of the OHP, in partnership with the people of California and governmental agencies, is to preserve and enhance California's irreplaceable historic heritage as a matter of public interest.
Previous CLG Grant recipients
CLG Annual Reports Due 13 January 2017
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2015-2016 Annual Report Template
CLG Commissioner Qualifications form (PDF)
What are the requirements to be a CLG?
- Enforce appropriate state and local laws and regulations for the designation and protection of historic properties;
- Establish an historic preservation review commission by local ordinance;
- Maintain a system for the survey and inventory of historic properties;
- Provide for public participation in the local preservation program; and
- Satisfactorily perform responsibilities delegated to it by the state.
How can a local government get certified?
Any general purpose political subdivision with land-use authority is eligible to become a CLG. A local government may apply to become a CLG by submitting an application, signed by the chief elected official of the applying local government, to OHP. If the applicant meets the criteria, OHP will forward the application and recommend certification to the NPS who makes the final cerification decision. When the NPS is in agreement with OHP's recommendation, a certification agreement is signed by OHP and the local government, completing the certification process. It is the local government that is certified, not simply the preservation commission.
Why become a CLG?
What’s in it for the local jurisdiction? Why would you want to associate your local preservation program with state and federal programs? Would you be giving up autonomy?
CALCLG-L is maintained by the California State Office of Historic Preservation and is one of the ways we disseminate CLG program information and provide technical assistance to CLGs. It also serves as an open forum for the posting of questions by list members and discussion of issues of interest to CLGs.
This list is open to Office of Historic Preservation staff, local government CLG coordinators, planners, members of local historical review commissions or boards, and other local government employees or volunteers who have professional responsibilities or interests related to their Certified Local Government Program. Guest memberships are available to staff members of cities who are considering or in the process of becoming CLGS.