State Historic Preservation Office
Guidelines for North Carolina's Certified Local Government Program*
IV. Process for Certification
A. Application

A local government may request certification from the HPO at any time during the year. However, a local commission must have operated actively for at least one year prior to applying for certification. The SHPO may waive this requirement in cases he/she deems necessary. The request for certification shall include:

  1. A form provided by the HPO and signed by the chief local elected official containing assurances that the local government will fulfill all of the standards for certification outlined above, and the name, position, address, and telephone number of the paid staff member responsible for meeting the requirements of certification. If two or more local governments wish to rely on the services of the same commission, applications and assurance forms shall be submitted by the chief elected official of each jurisdiction.

  2. A copy of the local historic preservation ordinance.*

  3. A copy of the rules of procedure adopted by the historic preservation commission.*

  4. A copy of the design guidelines adopted by the historic preservation commission.*

  5. A list and maps of the areas designated as historic districts or individual historic landmarks.

  6. Resumes or completed resume forms provided by the HPO for each of the members of the historic preservation commission, including, where appropriate, credentials or member's expertise in fields related to historic preservation.

  7. Evidence that the commission has sought appropriate expertise to serve on the commission.

  8. Resumes for the staff, only if the local government is petitioning to assume responsibility for preparation of NRNs, environmental review, or review of tax act projects.

* If the commission is considering changes to the ordinance, procedures, or guidelines, proposed changes (or "the revised document") should be submitted for review and comment.

* Reproduced for the City of Washington Department of Planning and Development Website from the January 1992 revision of this document.
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