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How Does My Community Become a CLG?

Certified Local Governments are designated by the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and the National Park Service through a formal application process.

The chief elected official of the local government submits a letter requesting certification to the State Historic Preservation Officer, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706. The request must consist of the following:

1. Assurance that the local government enforces appropriate state and local legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties and will coordinate its activities with the SHPO.

2. A copy of the local historic preservation ordinance, including amendments.

3. A list of properties and districts designated under the local ordinance, including proper names and addresses.

4. A list of the local historic preservation commission members, including qualifications or expertise in fields related to historic preservation.

5. If the local preservation commission does not include professional members from the disciplines of history, architectural history, architecture, or archaeology, a statement demonstrating that the local government has made reasonable efforts to appoint such members.

6. If the disciplines of history, architectural history, architecture, and archaeology are not all represented on the commission, a proposal on how the local preservation commission will obtain such expertise needs to be submitted to the SHPO. This expertise is necessary to review National Register of Historic Places nominations or take other delegated actions that will impact properties normally evaluated by professionals in these disciplines.

7. A copy of the local historic preservation plan or a brief statement describing the local preservation program.

8. If appropriate, a list of any additional duties, responsibilities or activities that the local government agrees to undertake if certified.

9. If all of the above requirements are not presently met, a statement must be included indicating how and when they will be fulfilled.

The SHPO will respond to an adequately documented request for certification in less than 60 days. If the local government fulfills the requirements, the SHPO will approve the certification request and prepare a written Certification Agreement for signature by the chief elected official of the local government. It will list the specific responsibilities of the local government when certified. The Certification Agreement and the CLG application will then be sent to the Department of the Interior for review and approval. Upon approval, the CLG will be eligible for benefits.


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