State Historic Preservation Office
Guidelines for North Carolina's Certified Local Government Program*
III. Requirements for Certification
E. Survey of Historic Properties
  1. The CLG commission shall begin or continue a process approved by the HPO to identify historic properties within its jurisdiction. The survey process and data must be consistent and compatible with the comprehensive statewide preservation planning process and other state, county, regional, and local planning efforts.

  2. Survey materials shall be:

    a. Compatible with North Carolina's statewide surveys of historic buildings and archaeological resources. Surveyed properties shall be recorded using forms provided by the HPO. The CLG shall submit the photographic negatives and either original or duplicate survey files and maps to the HPO for incorporation into the statement inventory.

    b. Accessible to the public, except that access to location of archaeological sites shall be restricted pursuant to G.S. 70-18, and the locations of vacant, endangered, or deteriorated buildings may be withheld for their protection.

    c. Available to the public through original or duplicate files at the HPO, or the office of the local commission.

  3. After a survey is completed, the commission shall periodically review the status of its survey of historic properties. As part of its yearly report, the commission shall provide the HPO with information about previously surveyed properties that have been destroyed, restored, heavily altered, or moved to new locations.

    If an existing survey is outdated or incomplete, or where new properties of significance have been overlooked or the passage of time has brought additional properties into significance, the commission shall consider conducting a survey update. Such an update shall be undertaken in cooperation with the HPO to standards specified in items 1 and 2 above in this section. (CLG subgrant monies, when available, may be used for such a survey update.)

  4. In addition to the survey, the CLG shall maintain a list of the districts and individual properties that have been designated pursuant to local legistlation.
* Reproduced for the City of Washington Department of Planning and Development Website from the January 1992 revision of this document.
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