Certified Local Goverments

Benefits of the CLG Program

Across Florida, communities are taking action to preserve their unique historic character. The Florida Certified Local Government (CLG) Program, a local, state and federal partnership, can be a source of support and guidance in your historic preservation efforts. Since its inception in 1986, Florida's CLG Program has assisted in the survey, designation and preservation of thousands of historic and archaeological resources. Awareness of the importance of historic preservation has also been enhanced statewide through the program.

The Florida CLG Program recognizes the greatest legal power to preserve lies with the local government. An effective local historic preservation program begins with the enactment of an historic preservation ordinance and the creation of a qualified historic preservation board. Here, in Florida the CLG Program can help ensure that your preservation program will be the strongest possible preservation tool for your community.

Designation as a Certified Local Government brings a number of benefits. In addition to affirming your community's commitment to historic preservation, CLGs may:

  • Receive technical assistance and training, both on-site and at regional meetings, for staff and the members of their historic preservation boards;
  • Have a formal comment role in the National Register nomination process for properties within their jurisdiction;
  • Compete for special historic preservation matching grant funds set aside only for Certified Local Governments. Funding is available for projects such as surveys to identify and evaluate significant historic properties, preparation for National Register nominations and development of preservation education materials such as booklets and brochures; and
  • Conduct project reviews for Florida's local option property tax exemption program (project reviews in communities that are not CLGs must conducted by the Division of Historical Resources). The exemption is available for qualified improvements to historic properties listed in the National Register and/or designated by a CLG.