Community preservation and revitalization

The Certified Local Government (CLG) program is designed to promote historic preservation at the local level. This is a federal program through the National Park Service and administered by the Utah State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Qualified local governments become "certified" and thereby qualify to receive matching grants from the SHPO.

Contact Alena Franco, 801-245-7233 or Chris Hansen, 801-245-7239 for more information.

What is a CLG?

A Certified Local Government (CLG) is a city or county that has been ‘certified’ as eligible to apply for federal grants for historic preservation.

By becoming a CLG, a local government can gain tools and resources to help historic buildings become a more vital part of the community’s social and economic fabric.

Become a CLG

A local government (city or county) must pass an approved historic preservation ordinance and appoint a historic preservation commission.

  • Model Historic Preservation Ordinance
  • Appoint a historic preservation commission of at least 5 members. 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.

Local Government Assistance

Local governments often have financial assistance programs that may be used for historic buildings, usually through their housing, economic development, or redevelopment agencies. Contact your local government for more information.


Only Certified Local Governments can receive grants.

  • Require a 50/50 match of local funds or donated services.
  • Limited to a maximum of $10,000.
  • Applications are due by the second Friday in February each year.
  • Grant cycle runs from April 1 to August 31 of the following year.
  • Projects must be completed by August 31.
  • A CLG may only have one active grant at a time.
  • Preservation Agreements are required and signed by the property owner.
  • Eligible Projects

Preservation Planning

Does your community want to plan for historic preservation? Local historic preservation activities are usually more successful when they follow this sequence:

  • Survey
  • Designation
  • Treatment

Contact Chris Hansen, 801-245-7239 for more information about preservation planning.