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Historic Preservation

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. 

What about property rights? 

Listing on the City’s Register of Historic Places does not take away property rights. The ordinance specifically states register status as “voluntary”.  And while it is hoped that once listed, the site or object will continue its status as a significant cultural asset, nothing prevents a property owner from “delisting” their property. 

Are you historic | who can apply? 

Generally speaking, if your home is 50 years old or more, represents a distinct architectural style or period that is culturally significant to Gig Harbor’s history, is associated with an important individual or event, or has local, state or national significance, your property may be eligible for listing on the local, state or national register of historic places.  This can include landscapes, objects or individual “contributing” structures.    The City also offers a Netshed allowance for properties that want to preserve their netshed.                  


The 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 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 

How can I register my property?

Any building, structure, or site may be designated for inclusion in the City's Register of Historic Places   (learn more ...)

Application Forms                     

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:

How can I register my property?                       

Any building, structure, or site may be designated for inclusion in the City's Register of Historic Places  (learn more... )           
Gig Harbor Historic Register  (link to list -- upper right on this page)


Contact Senior Planner Lindsey Sehmel or call (253) 853-7615 for more information.