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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.
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.
Any building, structure, or site may be designated for inclusion in the City of Gig Harbor historic preservation register if it is significantly associated with the history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or cultural heritage of the community, if it has integrity; is at least 50 years old, or is of lesser age and has exceptional importance. Learn more about the specific criteria, process for designation, removal of properties, and more on the Registering a Property page.