Certified Local Governments

Public Comment on Proposed Certified Local Government (CLG) Program Revisions 

The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (NVSHPO) is seeking input from the public about proposed changes to the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program. The CLG Program is a federal certification for local governments with historic preservation programs that meet certain requirements. The program is largely administered by the NVSHPO. The proposed changes will revise requirements for Nevada local governments in order to encourage broader participation in the program. The revisions will relax certain requirements pertaining to local registers of historic places, review of developments on locally-designated properties, and professional membership on local preservation commissions. These revisions are explained in more detail in new CLG program materials drafted by the SHPO that are available for public review and comment and hyperlinked below. Please send comments no later than Friday, June 29.

  • Download the proposed new CLG Agreement
    • CLG Agreements guide the interaction between the Nevada SHPO and the CLG, and document that the CLG has met the requirements for certification.
  • Download the proposed new CLG Handbook
    • The Handbook will serve as a “how-to” manual for existing and prospective CLGs on the program requirements, state and federal laws governing local preservation in CLGs, and best practices in running any local preservation program.
  • Download the proposed new CLG Evaluation Form
    • The Evaluation Form will be completed by CLGs and submitted to the SHPO each year to provide information and updates about local preservation programs and document ongoing compliance with program requirements.
  • Download the proposed new CLG Model Ordinance
    • The model ordinance will serve as the State of Nevada’s recommendation on how to structure a local preservation ordinance that meets CLG requirements and is legally defensible.

To provide comments, ask questions, or to request a printed copy of materials, please contact Jim Bertolini, the CLG Coordinator for the State of Nevada, at jbertolini[at]shpo.nv.gov or (775) 684-3436.

Nevada's CLG Program

The strongest parts of the nation’s preservation network are local governments and private property owners. The Certified Local Government (CLG) program is a partnership program between the National Park Service, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and local governments to support and strengthen local historic preservation programs.

Becoming a CLG benefits a local government by providing access to special historic preservation grants, and ongoing training and technical assistance provided by the SHPO. In order to become certified, a local government must establish an historic preservation program that includes, at minimum:

  1. An ordinance included in their Planning & Zoning code that allows the local government to designate property within their jurisdiction as important historic places;
  2. Establish an historic preservation commission to oversee the local government’s preservation program;
  3. Create procedures for the preservation commission to review developments on important historic places designated by the local government that are consistent with federal and state law;
  4. Provisions for complying with Nevada’s Open Meeting Law and including the public in the development and maintenance of the preservation program.

You can find more information about the national CLG program on the National Park Service website. Nevada’s CLG’s continue to grow and refine their preservation programs, and are leaders in preserving the state’s heritage. For a list of CLGs and contacts, click here

How to Get Involved

There are lots of ways to support preservation in your community. Check out these suggestions. If you live in a CLG and want to learn more about your community’s existing historic preservation program, check out the links below:

Carson City

Las Vegas


Storey County is also a CLG in partnership with the Comstock Historic District Commission.