Community Preservation Program


  Mifflinburg Historic District, Union County, PHOTO BHP files   Mount Lebanon Historic District, Allegheny County, PHOTO BHP files
  Pittsburgh Central Downtown Commercial Historic District, PHOTO BHP files   Livingston Robb Farm, Huntingdon County, PHOTO BHP files




















Like Politics, all Preservation is local. For that reason, historic preservation is most effective in places where it is fostered and managed at the community level.  To help municipalities and local organizations achieve these goals, the Bureau for Historic Preservation offers technical assistance, advice, and educational programs on a variety of planning and revitalization strategies and initiatives:

·         developing preservation plans,

·         establishing local historic district ordinances  

·         investigating alternatives for preserving key buildings

·         promoting heritage tourism and commercial and neighborhood revitalization

Guidance for Historic Preservation Planning

The Municipalities Planning Code calls on counties and municipalities to include provisions for preserving historic places and archaeological sites in their comprehensive plans and zoning. To help local governments fulfill this responsibility, the Bureau for Historic Preservation (BHP) has developed its Guidance for Historic Preservation Planning , recommending steps toward developing an effective comprehensive historic preservation plan.

The Bureau has likewise drafted language that may be incorporated into planning documents to help planners identify areas where there is a high probability of finding significant archaeological sites.  Download the entire document  Planning Guidance for Archaeological Sites .

For assistance or more information, contact the following Community Preservation Coordinators: 
(click on the image to download a PDF, printable version)


 Western Region  Central Region  Eastern Region
 Bill Callahan  Bryan Van Sweden  Cory Kegerise
 412.565.3575  717.772.5071  215.219.3824 


Statewide Historic Preservation Plan
Many of the goals and objectives of Pennsylvania’s Statewide Historic Preservation Plan 2012-2017 involve encouraging and supporting local preservation programs and initiatives. Here are two ways your community can follow up on the Plan and help implement its recommendations at the local level:

·         How to Get Involved”: This checklist offers suggestions to municipalities for taking action to preserve their historic places.

·         Municipal Resolution: Your local council or board of supervisors can pass this draft resolution to formally endorse the Historic Preservation Plan and commit to maintaining your community’s historic character.

County and Regional Plans
More and more, planners are incorporating historic properties and cultural resources into regional and county plans. So be sure to refer to these plans to see what they are recommending that municipalities can do to preserve their local landmarks and distinctive sense of place:

·         County Comprehensive and Greenway Plans

·         Long Range Transportation Plans – (See a list of links to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) at

·         County Hazard Mitigation Plans

Community Preservation Partners
Depending on your community and the issues you are facing, you may also want to consider contacting our statewide and regional partners for assistance in identifying and preserving historic places:

·         Preservation Pennsylvania

·         Pennsylvania Downtown Center

·         Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology 

·         Pennsylvania and National Heritage Areas


  Name Description
PDF Documents Local Historic District Certification Policy and Checklist How to establish a local historic district under the PA Historic District Act (Act 167 of 1961)
PDF Documents CLG Annual Reporting Certified Local Government Annual Report Form
PDF Documents Community Preservation Coordinator Regions Map of regions for Community Preservation Coordinators
PDF Documents Guidance for Historic Preservation Planning Process to complete a comprehensive historic preservation plan
PDF Documents Planning Guidance for Archaeological Sites How to incorporate archaeology into municipal planning documents
PDF Documents HOW TO GET INVOLVED A checklist for municipalities to take action on preserving their historic places
PDF Documents Historic District Designation in PA How to designate Historic Districts in Pennsylvania
PDF Documents CLG Application Instructions How to apply to become a Certified Local Government in Pennsylvania
PDF Documents CLG-GUIDELINES.pdf Certified Local Government Program Guidelines
PDF Documents A Manual for PA Historical Architectural Review Boards and Historical Commissions  
PDF Documents Looking to the Future Alternatives for Reducing Flood-Related Damage in Historic Communities, Milton PA 2002
MS Word Documents CLG Grant Application FY 2015 CLG Grant Application
PDF Documents CLG Grant Guidelines and Instructions FY 2015 CLG Grant Guidelines and Instructions

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