Certified Local Government (CLG) Information
(I pulled this together for my local historical society in Minnesota, but it is generally useful)
The primary goal of participating in the CLG program is to strengthen the historic preservation program at the local level. The CLG program ensures that historic preservation issues are understood and addressed at the local level and are integrated into the local planning and decision-making process at the earliest possible opportunity.
Historic preservation should be considered equally with other planning issues in a CLG and not be viewed as superfluous to decision-making. CLG status can bring pride and official recognition to a community that is committed to historic preservation.
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.
- 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.
State Historic Preservation Office – SHPO
CLG Program: Requirements, Grants, Procedures, Model Ordinance and more
Reports and publications
Nearby cities with active CLG programs
Chatfield, Redwing, Wabasha, and Winona.
- Lanesboro has become defunct and may be decertified.
List of cities in Minnesota with preservation commissions or active CLG
Minnesota Historical Society – MNHS
Consultant used by Chatfield to manage activities
Consultant used by Lanesboro for design guidelines
National Trust for Historic Preservation – NTHP
The national leader and mothership for historic preservation. Tools, techniques, resources, information, conferences, training
- Media Resources
- Preservation Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions
- Preservation & Economics
- Tips and Tools
- NTHP YouTube Channel Information and training videos
- How to Support Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings
Adaptive Reuse, Design and Development Resources
A creative and robust adaptive reuse focus to historic preservation programs helps keep historic buildings maintained and viable, retains public support for the program, and can contribute to local economic development goals.
JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATION
MN CLE Real Estate Institute
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
- No, We Should Not Abolish the HPC. But It Could Look Different.
- Preserve The Future, Not Just The Past
St. Paul Monitor
New York Times Opinion
The New York Landmarks Conservancy
The Preservation Society of Charleston
Built, The Bluebeam Blog