Covington Historic District

Covington Historic District

Covington, LA

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CLG 101

What is a Certified Local Government (CLG)?

The CLG program is a historic preservation initiative by the local municipality, established by ordinance. The ordinance creates a local historic district and commission, granting the commission the authority to review exterior alterations to properties within the district's boundaries. The commission meets regularly in a public meeting to review applications for "certificates of appropriateness." Commissions typically use design guidelines or the Secretary of the Interior's Standards to evaluate applications.

Joining the CLG program also creates a partnership between the municipality and the federal partner (National Park Service) and the state partner (Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation). This partnership gives the municipality access to technical assistance and federal funds (CLG grants).

Further reading for CLG 101:

CLG in a Box

Want to establish a CLG in your community? Here's how:

Further down in the box

Best practices for your local historic district and commission:

Deep Dive

Additional background information and resources for CLGs:

Related organizations

National Park Service (federal partner for CLGs)

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (education, training, advocacy)
NAPC holds the biennial Forum conference, facilitates CAMP trainings, hosts frequent webinars, moderates a listserv group, and more.


Amanda Lanata, CLG coordinator
Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation
PO Box 44247 
Baton Rouge, LA  70804
(225) 342-8157

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