Certified Local Governments
The Certified Local Government (CLG) Program was enacted as part of the National Historic Preservation Act Amendments of 1980. The program links three levels of government -federal, state and local- into a preservation partnership for the identification, evaluation and protection of historic properties. Designation as a certified local government, either as a municipality or a county, makes historic preservation a public policy through passage of a historic preservation ordinance. The ordinance establishes a historic preservation board to develop and oversee the functions of its historic preservation program.
Since its inception in 1986, Florida's Certified Local Government Program has assisted in the survey, designation and preservation of thousands of historic and cultural resources and helped to increase public awareness of historic preservation. Participation in the program is also an important consideration in the local planning process, as governments in Florida are required to address historic preservation in comprehensive planning decisions. By identifying historic resources in a local government's comprehensive plan, proposed development projects will be reviewed for consistency with preservation goals and strategies.
Florida's Certified Local Governments are eligible to apply for special matching grants from the Bureau of Historic Preservation to assist their preservation programs. Funding is available for projects such as:
- Surveys to identify and evaluate significant historic properties;
- Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places;
- Preservation education materials such as booklets, brochures, slide or video programs; and
- Local historic preservation plans.
Certified Local Government Program
Bureau of Historic Preservation
R.A. Gray Building, Fourth Floor
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250