Skip to Main Content
Contact Us Search
OHP Title

Certified Local Government Program (CLG)

clg cover imageThe 1980 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, provided for the establishment of a Certified Local Government Program (CLG) to encourage the direct participation of local governments in the identification, evaluation, registration, and preservation of historic properties within their jurisdictions and promote the integration of local preservation interests and concerns into local planning and decision-making processes. The CLG program is a partnership among local governments, the State of California (OHP), and the National Park Service (NPS) which is responsible for administering the National Historic Preservation Program. 

As part of the CLG Program, federal grants are awarded annually to local governments to assist with historic preservation programs. The most recent California CLG grant recipients are listed below. To learn more about the grant program, please visit our CLG Grant Program webpage.

2018-2019 CLG Grant Awards

The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is required to sub grant a minimum of ten percent of its yearly allocation of federal funds from the Historic Preservation Fund Grants Program to Certified Local Governments. These are local governments where the NPS has certified their preservation programs. This year's annual allocation is approximately $1,580,000. The OHP received ten applications requesting $289,790, and awarded six grants totaling $158,570. The OHP awards Certified Local Government grants on a competitive basis; the local government must provide a 40 percent match that can a combination of public funds, private funds, and allowable in-kind donations. The grants support local preservation efforts. 

Below are the cities awarded 2018-2019 grants. Congratulations!

  • Elk Grove. The city will evaluate 81 resources, both individual properties and contributors to historic districts, and one cultural landscape. This includes 79 previously identified resources that will be reevaluated using the significance and integrity criteria of the city's updated preservation ordinance. The city will also survey and evaluate two previously unevaluated properties, both mid-century modern: The Williamson Ranch Historic District (1979), and the Valley High Country Club (1961).
  • Eureka. The CLG grant will be used to increase substanially the number of historic wooden windows preserved in historic properties. The city will collect relevant information on rehabilitation and weatherization methods to create a content portfolio for use at the planning counter, on the city website, and in production of printed materials for contractors and homeowners. A one-day, hands-on Wooden Window workshop will also be developed.
  • Los Altos. The city will prepare a Historic Structure Report and Recommended Work Plan for the Halsey House, a city-owned locally designated property. For many years, the house was used as the Nature Center and Ohlone Interpretive Center, but was closed in 2008 due to disrepair. The CLG grant - Los Altos' first since becoming certified in 1990 - will support improvements that will make it possible for the house to function once again as a community center.
  • Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources will use the CLG grant to support tasks associated with the integration of data into HistoricPlaces, the city's online historic resources inventory and management system. The project will involve data from SurveyLA, surveys completed by other city agencies, and data for properties listed under local, state, and national designation programs.
  • Monterey. The city will prepare their Alta Mesa Residential Neighborhood Historic Context Statement and Survey. This will fulfill the city's requirement, as outlined in its Historic Preservation Plan, to develop contexts and surveys of Monterey neighborhoods as a basis for a variety of preservation programs. Public outreach will be an important component of the project.
  • Ontario. The city's Public Works Agency and Planning Department will collaborate to develop a Historic Structure Report (HSR) for the Jay Littleton Ballpark, to inform future improvements. A public awareness and educational campaign will be launched to promote the historical and cultural value of the ballpark, a rare example of a WPA-funded, 1930s wood-framed ballpark used by traveling professional teams, and local semi-professional and amateur teams.

The OHP is a Division of California State Parks. The mission of the OHP, in partnership with the people of California and governmental agencies, is to preserve and enhance California's irreplaceable historic heritage as a matter of public interest.  

Previous CLG Grant recipients

CLG Annual Reports Due 15 February 2019

As part of CLG reporting requirements, each year CLG's submit an annual report to help the OHP track the local preservation program's ongoing activities. The annual report form can be downloaded from the link below and filled out for submittal to the OHP. Annual reports for 2017 are due no later than 15 February 2019.

Read this First!

2017-2018 Annual Report Template 

CLG Commissioner Qualifications form (PDF)

What are the requirements to be a CLG?

  • Enforce appropriate state and local laws and regulations for the designation and protection of historic properties;
  • Establish an historic preservation review commission by local ordinance;
  • Maintain a system for the survey and inventory of historic properties;
  • Provide for public participation in the local preservation program; and
  • Satisfactorily perform responsibilities delegated to it by the state.


How can a local government get certified?

Any general purpose political subdivision with land-use authority is eligible to become a CLG. A local government may apply to become a CLG by submitting an application, signed by the chief elected official of the applying local government, to OHP. If the applicant meets the criteria, OHP will forward the application and recommend certification to the NPS who makes the final cerification decision. When the NPS is in agreement with OHP's recommendation, a certification agreement is signed by OHP and the local government, completing the certification process. It is the local government that is certified, not simply the preservation commission.

Certified Local Government Application & Procedures Manual  

Why become a CLG?

What’s in it for the local jurisdiction? Why would you want to associate your local preservation program with state and federal programs? Would you be giving up autonomy?



CALCLG-L is maintained by the California State Office of Historic Preservation and is one of the ways we disseminate CLG program information and provide technical assistance to CLGs. It also serves as an open forum for the posting of questions by list members and discussion of issues of interest to CLGs.

This list is open to Office of Historic Preservation staff, local government CLG coordinators, planners, members of local historical review commissions or boards, and other local government employees or volunteers who have professional responsibilities or interests related to their Certified Local Government Program. Guest memberships are available to staff members of cities who are considering or in the process of becoming CLGS.

Subscribe to CALCLG-L