The historic districts in Tacoma contain landmarked, buildings and land of historical value. Within the districts, no building, structure, or improvement visible from a public right of way or place can be located, constructed, reconstructed, altered, repaired, or demolished unless it is approved by the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission.
To make exterior changes to a property within the historical district or to any designated landmark, the property owner must submit an application to the Tacoma Historic Preservation Officer for review by the Landmarks Preservation Commission before making the changes. Basic maintenance of historic structures, such as painting, does not require approval from the Commission. Property owners must also submit an application if they seek to obtain historic landmark designation for a site or structure. Preservation ordinances also prevent demolition of landmarks or structures within the historic districts.
For a more detailed list of historic district codes or to find out the boundaries of such districts in the City of Tacoma, stop by the Tacoma Community and Economic Development Department, Culture and Tourism Division, Historic Preservation Program located at 747 Market St., Room 1036. The office is open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or call (253) 591-5220.
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