Historic Preservation

List of City’s Local Register Properties

Background

In 2005, the City of Gig Harbor adopted Historic Preservation Chapter 17.97 and became a Certified Local Government (CLG) to provide for the identification, evaluation, designation and protection of historic resources within the boundaries of the City. With local support, the City established the Register of Historic Places to preserve a sense of the community’s history for this and future generations. We support the community’s effort to preserve historical, architectural, and cultural resources, including monuments, sites, landscapes, objects, structures, buildings, and historic districts. The preservation of historic buildings and sites fosters civic and neighborhood pride, and maintains our community’s sense of identity.

Benefits

There are many benefits to registering your historic property, you may:

  • Utilize technical assistance / resource information from the city’s historic preservation representative.                                                
  • Be eligible for special Pierce County Tax Valuation (PDF) for approved rehabilitation expenses.
  • Be eligible for some exemptions from the International Building Code when rehabilitating a designated historic property.                  
  • Be eligible for state or federal funds to rehabilitate your designated property.

Certified Local Government Designation

When the City of Gig Harbor was designated a Certified Local Government (CLG) by the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) in 2005, it became eligible to apply for federal pass-through grants for local preservation projects and heritage education opportunities. The City’s new Register of Historic Places allows property owners who invest in their registered structure to take advantage of valuable property tax incentives. This volunteer, incentive-based program is one way that the City can encourage preservation projects that will help protect our landmarks and cultural resources for future generations.

Learn more about National Standards and Guidelines for Historic Preservation and choose an appropriate treatment for your Historic Property: