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Certified Local Governments

Q: What is a Certified Local Government?
A: Certified Local Governments are municipal and county governments which have made historic preservation a public policy through the passage of a historic preservation ordinance. Participation in the CLG program allows local governments to partner with State and Federal Agencies and other CLGs to share preservation ideas and experiences, as well as the opportunity to compete for CLG grants.

Q: What are the benefits of becoming a CLG?
A:  CLGs benefit from technical assistance and training opportunities offered by the Bureau of Historic Preservation.  Regional trainings are held each year and CLGs may request individual on-site trainings for their historic preservation commission.  CLGs also have a formal comment role for National Register nominations for properties located within their jurisdiction. CLGs in good standing are eligible to compete for pass-through CLG subgrants funded by the Historic Preservation Fund grant the Division receives annually from the National Park Service. The federal CLG subgrants may be for survey, planning and National Register nomination projects. In addition, match waivers for Small Matching Grants are available to CLGs in good standing, whether state or federally funded.  Lastly, becoming a CLG connects a community to a statewide and national network of CLGs to share ideas, resources, and support.  For information about the benefits of becoming a CLG, visit the Benefits page.

Q: How can my community apply to the CLG program?
A: To become a CLG, a community must establish a historic preservation ordinance, appoint a historic preservation commission, and submit an application to the State Historic Preservation Office.  CLGs are certified by the National Park Service following state approval of an application.  For more information and access to application materials, please visit How to Apply

Q: How does a CLG maintain good standing in the program?
A: Per the Florida CLG guidelines, CLGs are required to maintain a historic preservation ordinance, meet at least four times per year, submit minutes and agendas for each meeting to the SHPO, and complete an annual report. 

Q: Can a community lose CLG status? 
A: Yes. If a CLG is not in good standing (i.e. not meeting the requirements of the program as described in the Florida CLG guidelines) they will be notified in writing of deficiencies and given a specific timeframe to correct them.  If no improvements are made, the SHPO may request that the National Park Service de-certify the community.  


Q: Who should I contact for more information about CLG grants?
A: Questions regarding CLG grants and the CLG program should be directed to CLG Program Coordinator by email at [email protected] or by phone at 850.245.6341 or toll free at 1.800.847.7278.