Before You Apply

If your community has an established and effective historic preservation program, applying to participate in the Certified Local Government program can help boost your preservation plans and funding. To be eligible to apply, the local government will need to meet the following requirements.

  • Have a process in place for identifying, evaluating, and recognizing historic properties. This is an essential step in determining what properties should be preserved and providing evidence of the significance.
  • Have an on-going process for managing and protecting historic properties by planning and considering historic preservation in land use, public improvement and development decisions.
  • Have an educational component to ensure citizens, property owners and local officials are knowledgeable about the program. This includes the role of preservation in the community, good preservation practice, and the tools available to facilitate historic preservation at the local level.  

To learn more and get started review the Certified Local Government Program Guide.