Virginia Beach Receives Certified Local Government Designation From the National Park Service

Monday, September 12, 2016

The National Park Service has designated the City of Virginia Beach as a Certified Local Government (CLG). This certification means that Virginia Beach has established a sound historic preservation program. It also establishes a partnership between Virginia Beach, the State Historic Preservation Office and the federal historic preservation program. Virginia Beach is the 35th Virginia community to receive this designation.

Benefits of being a CLG community include:

  • Technical assistance from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and the National Park Service.
  • Eligibility to apply for matching grants for preservation programs.
  • Full access to DHR's Virginia Cultural Resource Information System (VCRIS), their online cultural resource inventory.
  • Consideration for the DHR Cost Share Program funding for survey projects

With support of this certification, the City of Virginia Beach will maintain an up-to-date inventory of archaeological and architectural historic/cultural resources in the community; establish and maintain design standards in local historic districts; ensure professional representation and ongoing training for the local historical review board; and promote public participation in the local heritage stewardship program.

More information about the Virginia Certified Local Government program is available at For additional information about Virginia Beach's participation in the CLG program contact Mark Reed, historic preservation planner, at (757) 385-8573 or

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