The CLG program is designed to promote preservation planning and cultural resource protection efforts at the local level that are consistent with state and Federal standards and guidelines.
Becoming a CLG gives your municipality:
- Ability to preserve structures that reflect the community’s heritage
- To promote pride in your community’s history
- Another tool when considering planning, zoning, and land use issues using local historic properties
- Technical help and training from our office
- Access to a network of local, state, and federal preservation groups
- Eligibility for grants to assist local preservation programs
Before being certified a city or town must:
- Establish a historic preservation ordinance that includes protection for historic properties
- Create a preservation commission to oversee the preservation ordinance and the program
- Provide for public education and participation, including nomination of properties to the National Register of Historic Places
- Conduct and maintain a survey and inventory of historic properties
A local government becomes certified when it meets state and Federal program requirements, formally applies to the Commission for participation, signs a Certification Agreement, and is approved by the Commission and the National Park Service.
To find out more, please see our state guidelines: Maine’s CLG Guidelines (PDF)
Maine's Certified Local Governments
Please contact Megan M. Rideout at 287-2992 or by email if you have any questions about the Certified Local Government Program in Maine.