The Historic Preservation Board was created to oversee historic preservation in Arkansas City. The City's status as a Certified Local Government (CLG) requires this board to exist. The board is responsible for ongoing surveys of historic properties, education of property owners and reviewing project plans on historic properties under the state preservation law. The board consists of five members which should have a demonstrated interest, knowledge, or training in fields closely related to historic preservation, such as history, architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, archeology, planning, engineering, real estate, law, finance, building trades, urban design, and geography. At least two members shall be in a preservation related profession, such as archeology, architectural history, conservation, cultural anthropology, curatorship, engineering, folklore, historic landscape architecture, historic preservation planning, historic preservation, or history unless such members cannot be found with reasonable efforts.