What is a Certified Local Government (CLG)?
A Certified Local Government (CLG) is one that has developed a local preservation ordinance which meets standards established by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the National Park Service (NPS). CLGs participate in guiding historic preservation actions and planning locally according to nationally recognized standards. The City of Bothell received CLG status in 1987 and established a Landmark Preservation Board (LPB) as an advisory board to enforce appropriate legislation.

CLGs are required to establish and maintain a qualified historic preservation commission (the Bothell Landmark Preservation Board); enforce state or local legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties; maintain a system for the survey and inventory of historic properties, in coordination with the SHPO; and provide for public participation in its activities.

CLG certification offers a number of benefits in addition to access to certain federal grant programs from the SHPO. The most significant benefit is the close working relationship between the local government and DAHP, which provides technical assistance and training opportunities. CLGs become part of a statewide and national preservation network including such partnerships as Preserve America, National Trust, and National Main Street Program. Furthermore, it shows your community's commitment to keeping what is significant from the past for future generations.

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1. What is the purpose of the survey and how will the results be used?
2. If my property is included in the survey, does that mean it’s historic? What makes a building “historic”?
3. Are there benefits for listing on the local, State and National Registers?
4. What is a Certified Local Government (CLG)?