The 1980 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, provided for the establishment of a CLG program to encourage the direct participation of local governments in the identification, evaluation, registration, and preservation of historic properties within their jurisdictions and promote the integration of local preservation interests and concerns into local planning and decision-making processes.
In order to qualify as a CLG, the city was required to pass an ordinance, appoint a board, facilitate public meetings, meet regularly and record those meetings. Qualifications are flexible in that some city’s use existing boards to fulfill member requirements. The City of Puyallup’s Design Review and Historic Preservation Board is charged with acting on behalf of the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation in carrying out the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. They are very specific and are broken down into 4 main categories (Restoration, Rehabilitation, Preservation or Reconstruction). To qualify as a CLG, the City of Puyallup:
Established a historic preservation review commission by local ordinance (the City's Design Review Board);
Maintains a system for the survey and inventory of historic properties;
Provides for public participation in the local preservation program; and
Satisfactorily performs responsibilities delegated to it by the state.
The CLG Program’s Objectives
Encourage historic preservation at the local level through local governmental sponsorship;