In 1980, Congress established the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program. Jointly administered by the National Park Service (NPS) and the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office, the CLG program provides a mechanism for local governments to protect their local historic places and to participate in various state and federal historic preservation processes.
Implementing a local historic preservation program is the best protection for a community’s special cultural resources. A local program allows a community to celebrate the places and values important to it, regardless of their National Register of Historic Places eligibility. Communities can also determine for themselves how, and how stringently, to protect their historic resources.
Requirements for Participation in Missouri's CLG Program
The NPS allows each state to specify its own requirements for certification. Missouri has five overarching requirements:
1. Enact a historic preservation ordinance.
2. Establish a qualified historic preservation commission (HPC) to review and oversee the community’s preservation activities.
3. Maintain a system for ongoing survey and inventory of historic properties.
4. Provide for adequate public participation in the local historic preservation programs.
5. The local government shall "satisfactorily perform the responsibilities delegated to it" by the SHPO, as outlined above.
Benefits of Being a CLG
Federal law requires each state to pass a minimum of 10% of its annual Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants to CLGs to fund their preservation activities. Fundable projects include, but are not limited to:
Architectural or archaeological surveys
Acquiring professional staff assistance
Long-term comprehensive plans
Outreach and education projects
Travel to preservation-related conferences
The application period for HPF grants typically opens each June.
Certified Local Governments can also expect expanded opportunities to receive technical assistance and training from both the Missouri SHPO and the NPS. Partnerships with other non-government organizations, including the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Main Street America can further expand this base of technical resources.
Community Development and Streamlining Preservation Processes
Being certified with the NPS demonstrates that your local preservation practices are consistent with established, nationally recognized preservation standards. It also provides a mechanism for integrating a preservation ethic into more comprehensive land use planning and project development processes. Additionally, it gives the City a voice and streamlines the public notification and comment process for other preservation activities, such as listing a property on the National Register.
For more information on the Missouri CLG program, please contact our office at 573-751-7858 or by email.