How to Become a Certified Local Government

In Texas, a city or a county may apply to become a Certified Local Government (CLG).

Timeline

The CLG Program accepts applications from prospective CLG communities at any time throughout the year. The application process usually takes six months to a year. The process usually includes the following: 

  1. Applicant contacts CLG Program Staff to discuss the application material and process*
  2. Applicant submits a complete application 
  3. CLG Program staff work with the applicant to refine and polish the application
  4. THC approves the application for CLG Status 
  5. The THC forwards the application and recommendation for approval to the National Park Service 

*Interested local governments are encouraged to contact the CLG coordinator at the Texas Historical Commission (THC) prior to preparing an application. Numerous steps are involved in the application process, and communicating with the THC will reduce delays for official designation.

Application Requirements

The application to become a CLG varies slightly depending on whether the applicant is a city or county. 

CLG Application for Cities

  1. Request for Certified Local Government Status” Form;
  2. A copy of the city’s preservation ordinance, including any and all amendments to the same;
  3. A listing of individual properties and/or districts designated under the city historic preservation ordinance, including addresses, and statements of significance for each landmark or district;
  4. A list, with appropriate location maps, of Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks, State Antiquities Landmarks, and any individual properties and/or districts identified and/or listed in the National Register of Historic Places with statements of significance for each property or district;
  5. Resumes of the designated historic preservation officer and members of the historic preservation review commission, board, or committee, indicating their qualifications, credentials, or expertise in fields related to historic preservation; 
  6. A copy of the local preservation plan, if available, or a statement of goals and objectives for the preservation program; and,
  7. A completed “Historic Preservation Officer Appointment” Form

CLG Application for Counties

  1. A signed “Request for Certified Local Government Status” Form;
  2. A copy of by-laws adopted by an appointed County Historical Commission;
  3. A list, with appropriate location maps, of Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks, State Antiquities Landmarks, and any individual properties and/or districts identified and/or listed in the National Register of Historic Places with statements of significance for each property or district;
  4. Resumes of the designated historic preservation officer and members of the historic preservation committee, indicating their qualifications, credentials, or expertise in fields related to historic preservation; 
  5. A copy of the local preservation plan, if available, or a statement of goals and objectives for the preservation program; and,
  6. A signed “Historic Preservation Officer Appointment” Form

CLG Certification Agreement

Once the application is approved by the THC, the highest elected official will be asked to sign the CLG Certification Agreement. 

Certification Agreement for Cities

Certification Agreement for Counties

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