Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

Certified Local Governments

To involve local governments in this federal-state partnership, the National Preservation Act provided a specific role for local governments. A local government can participate directly in this program when the State Historic Preservation Officer certifies that the local government has established its own historic preservation commission and a program meeting Federal and State standards. Recognized by federal and state agencies as having special expertise in historic preservation, a local government that receives such certification is known as “Certified Local Government” or “CLG.”

Certified Local Governments:

are eligible to apply for specially earmarked grants from the State Historic Preservation Office. review nominations of properties to the National Register of Historic Places before such nominations are submitted to the State Historic Preservation Officer. This provides for formal local participation in the identification and recognition of historic resources within the CLG jurisdiction.become part of a national technical assistance network. They receive publications issues by their State Historic Preservation Office and by the National Park Service. They know who in the State Historic Preservation office to call upon for assistance and how to obtain aid from National Park Service offices such as the National Register.

provide a local perspective on the plans and programs of their state Historic Preservation offices, including statewide planning for preservation and development. The City of Omaha qualified as a Certified Local Government in 1985; the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Administrator manages the program.


CLGs and Surveys

As a Certified Local Government program, a chief responsibility of Omaha’s Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission is to maintain a survey of local historic properties.  The survey is a process of identifying and gathering data related to the city’s historic resources. Surveys define the historic character of the community or a particular area and can provide the basis for making sound judgments in local planning.

Since the adoption of the City of Omaha’s preservation ordinance in 1977, the Landmark Heritage Preservation Commission staff has been involved in ongoing survey activities. The Omaha-Douglas County Historic Building Survey contains data on more than 3,000 buildings in the city’s jurisdictional area. This computer-based catalog system includes information concerning property location, ownership, uses, date of construction, architectural style, and other pertinent information. Data contained in the Omaha-Douglas County Historic Buildings Survey is coordinated and integrated with the Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey maintained by the State Historic Preservation Office. Both the local and state survey data are accessible to the public, although certain information such as the location of vacant properties or archeological sites may be restricted to the public.

Survey information has been used as the basis for more comprehensive studies of individual properties and districts. Termed an inventory, this product of the survey is an organized compilation of information on those properties that are evaluated for significance under established criteria.

The National Register of Historic Places and the Involvement of CLGs The National Register is a working list of properties determined to be of national, state, or local significance and worthy of preservation and consideration in planning or development decisions. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.

National Register listing can enrich local preservation efforts by publicly establishing that local properties are significant enough to merit national recognition. Properties are listed in the National Register primarily.

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