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The Certified Local Government Program in Virginia

Important Links for CLG Program

Communities strengthen and expand their local preservation programs through Certified Local Government (CLG) designation. The CLG program was created by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended in 1980). It establishes a partnership between local governments, the federal historic preservation program, and each state's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), which in the case of Virginia is the Department of Historic Resources (DHR).

The program allows DHR, as the SHPO, to recommend for certification local governments that have put key elements of a sound local preservation program in place in their communities. Designation as a CLG gives local governments a way to participate more formally in the state and national historic preservation programs. General requirements for certification are identified in the federal program; specific requirements for the Virginia program have been established by DHR.

Goals of the Virginia CLG program are threefold:

  • Promote viable communities through preservation
  • Recognize and reward communities with sound local preservation programs
  • Establish credentials of quality for local preservation programs

To learn more about the CLG program, click on the various links featured in the top-right navigation box above. 

Additional information is also available from your regional Department of Historic Resources preservation office (regional offices). For more information, contact:

David Edwards
Phone: (540) 868-7030

CLG Grants

CLG designation also allows a jurisdication to apply for CLG grants through federal Historic Preservation Funds (HPF). Ten percent of all HPF monies that come to the Commonwealth of Virginia must be distributed to CLGs. DHR does this through a competitive grant process, open only to CLGs.

Page Updated: 12.10.14