Certified Local Governments

Upcoming Revisions to the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program 

The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (NVSHPO) is revising Nevada's guidelines for 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. The comment period has closed (June 29).

If you have questions about these updates, 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

Reno

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