To maintain the local government’s Certified Local Government status, the historic preservation commission must meet a minimum of three times each calendar year, comply with Iowa’s open meeting law, participate in state-sponsored or approved annual training, and demonstrate a level of preservation activity.

The historic preservation commission is typically an advisory committee to local elected officials, city or county staff and commissions, and property owners. The historic preservation commission alerts and advises on the appropriate course of action to take regarding the management and preservation of historic properties. The commission, in coordination with the local government, also initiates special projects including survey work, National Register of Historic Places nominations and educational programming. In addition, the historic preservation commission keeps the local government, city and county on track to fulfill its Certified Local Government agreement.

The commission, with approval from the local elected officials, may take on additional responsibilities including local landmarking and design review.

Review the Certified Local Government Program Guide for detailed information on maintaining your status.

Annual Report

The Certified Local Government is responsible for submitting an annual report documenting its preservation activities, meetings, annual training and commissioners’ information.

Active participants of the Certified Local Government Program are exclusively eligible for CLG grants. Certified Local Governments also qualify for Historical Resource Development Program grants.