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Become a Certified Local Government


American Fork, Utah, town hall

Why would you want your community to become a Certified Local Government?

  • You can receive regular federal grants (through the Preservation Office)
  • You become a partner in the statewide preservation network, networking with other preservation-minded communities.
  • State Historic Preservation Office focuses its resources (grants, staff assistance, etc.) on CLGs. And we keep you apprised of preservation issues.

There is no “downside” to becoming a CLG.
A local government can choose to become decertified at any point, so it is not locking itself into anything.


 In order to become certified, a local government must:

  • Pass an historic preservation ordinance: See our Model Historic Preservation Ordinance.  Also see Farmington City’s ordinance — PDF — for an example of an ordinance in a Utah town
  • Appoint an historic preservation commission. In selecting the commission, try to fill at least two of the positions with “professionals”—that is, people who have a college degree or professional training as an historian, architect, architectural historian, or archaeologist. If there are no professionals in your community who are able to serve on the commission, then this requirement can be waived.

Once the ordinance has been passed and the commission members appointed, send us:

  • A copy of the approved ordinance (signed and dated)
  • Resumes for each preservation commission member, or use the form provided PDF Word
  • The Local Government Certification Agreement, signed by your “chief elected official”  PDF  Word

CLG Program Review Form (for ongoing certification) (Word)

For additional information contact:

Alena Franco, CLG Coordinator at 801-245-7233

Roger Roper, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer at 801-245-7251