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Certified Local Governments
Certified local governments

The Certified Local Government (CLG) program is designed to promote historic preservation at the local level.  It is a federal program (National Park Service) that is administered by the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
Local governments must meet certain qualifications to become "certified" and thereby qualify to receive matching grants from SHPO.  We are currently revising and streamlining the certification process in order to make it easier for local governments to participate. For a list of preservation/local landmarks commissions in Oregon, which also denotes our current certified local governments, click here  CLGs/Preservation Commissions contact information.  

Oregon Certified Local Governments
Tool Page for CLGs - forms, tips, examples, etc.
Kuri Gill
CLG Coordinator
Phone: (503) 986-0685
Fax: (503) 986-0793
Email: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov

Robert Olguin 
CLG Co-coordinator
Phone: (503) 986-0668
Fax: (503) 986-0793
Email: Robert Olguin
To subscribe to the CLG and historic preservation committe listserv follow the directions at the following link. http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/pres_cmsn

Useful Links
National Park Service/Certified Local Governments

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CLG Benefits
  • Grants:  CLGs may apply for annual grants from SHPO.  The grants, which require a 50/50 match, have typically been in the $5,000--$20,000 range in recent years.  Grants can be used for a broad range of preservation activities, though some of the most common grant-funded projects include the following:
    • Surveys of historic properties and accompanying context studies
    • National Register nominations of either individual buildings or historic districts
    • Public education activities: walking tour booklets, websites, etc.
    • Preservation planning: updating ordinances, preparing design guidelines, administering local preservation programs, etc.
    • Architectural and engineering studies and plans for rehabilitating historic properties
    • "Brick-and-mortar" rehabilitation work on National Register buildings
    • Training: workshops and conferences for staff and commission members
  • SHPO and National Park Service assistance:  CLGs enjoy a partnership relationship with the state and federal agencies that have the primary responsibility for promoting historic preservation in the U.S.  As such, CLGs are able to tap into the expertise and resources of these agencies in order to help address their local preservation issues.
  • Networking:  Through CLG workshops, conferences, listservs, and websites, CLGs are able to participate in the discussion of preservation issues with other local governments throughout the state and country.
  • Increased Effectiveness:  By participating in the CLG program, local governments become more skilled and effective at promoting the economic, social, and educational benefits of historic preservation in their community.  They are also able to avoid much of the controversy that comes from mishandled local historic preservation issues.

CLG Certification Requirements
The basic certification requirements for local governments are as follows:
  • Establish a historic preservation commission and appoint interested and qualified residents to serve.  To the extent they are available, at least some of the commission members should meet "professional" qualifications in the disciplines of history, architecture, architectural history, archaeology, or related fields.
  • Pass a preservation ordinance that outlines how the local government will address historic preservation issues.
  • Agree to participate in updating and expanding the state's historic building inventory program. SHPO takes the lead in this effort by maintaining the master database and the files for the statewide inventory, and by providing grants to survey additional properties. 
  • Agree to review and comment on any National Register of Historic Places nominations of properties within the local government boundaries.  Nominations are usually submitted by the property owners themselves or other members of the public.  SHPO administers the National Register program in Oregon.
  • Affirm that it will fulfill its obligation to enforce existing state preservation laws.
CLG Certification Packet
Model Ordinance - City Advisory
Model Ordinance - City
Model Ordinance - County Advisory
Model Ordinance - County Resume Form
CLG Responsibilities