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City of Puyallup

How to Register Your Property


Below is a step-by-step process to let you know if you qualify to be on the historical register and how to apply.

Who can apply?

Generally speaking, if your home is 50 years old or more, is significantly associated with the history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or cultural heritage, of the community, has integrity, and falls within at least one of the of following categories;

  • Associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of national, state, or local history;
  • Embodies the distinctive architectural characteristics of a type, period, style, or method of design or construction;
  • Is an outstanding work of a designer, builder, or architect who has made a substantial contribution to the art;
  • Exemplifies or reflects special elements of the City’s cultural, social, economic, political, aesthetic, engineering, or architectural history;
  • Is associated with the lives of persons significant in national, state, or local history;
  • Has yielded or may be likely to yield important archeological information related to history or prehistory;
  • Is a building or structure removed from its original location but which is significant primarily for architectural value, or which is the only surviving structure significantly associated with a historic person or event;
  • Is a birthplace or grave of a historical figure of outstanding importance and is the only surviving structure or site associated with that person;
  • Is a cemetery which derives its primary significance from age, from distinctive design features, or from association with historic events, or cultural patterns;
  • Is a reconstructed building that has been executed in a historically accurate manner on the original site; or
  • Is a creative and unique example of folk architecture and design created by persons not formally trained in the architectural or design professions, and which does not fit into formal architectural or historical categories.

The process for designating properties or districts to the Puyallup Register requires nomination or designation by the Board. 

Nomination process – A nomination to the register may be made by a property owner, members of the Board, or the Board as a whole may generate nominations and may sponsor nominations submitted by members of the public. A nomination of a property requires the consent of the property owner. 

Designation by Board process – The board shall consider the Puyallup Historic Register, the Puyallup Comprehensive Plan, and the criteria outlined in PMC 21.22.025(1), in making its decision. The Board will consider the merits of a designation at a public meeting, scheduled with prior public notice. If the Board determines that the nominated property should be placed on the Register, the Board will transmit their recommendation for City Council approval. 

All properties listed on the Puyallup Register may be eligible for a special tax valuation (PMC 21.22.035), based on the rehabilitation of the subject property.

Forms for applying include: