Dayton Historic Preservation Commission

Current Projects


  • Survey of WSHD & SSHD property owners – Nov 2015 
  • Open house/Workshop Forums - Feb. 2016 
  • Advisory Vote to the City Council regarding dissolving the local register WSHD & SSHD – April – June 2016 √
  • Draft Amendments to Policy  and Code -  Spring 2017  updated
  • Dayton City Council hearing regarding the WSHD & SSHD to consider the WSHD & SSHD advisory votes Aug-Sept 2016 
  • Dayton Historic Preservation Commission (DHPC) Recommendation – Spring 2017  updated
  • Dayton Planning Commission (DPC) Public Hearings – Winter 2017 updated
  • DPC Recommendation to the City Council – Spring 2017  updated
  • City Council Review and Action – Spring 2017  updated 

Schedule is subject to further change.

The city welcomes all ideas and comments for updating historic preservation policy, code and processes.  For more information please link to the project webpage (external link) -EZview Historic Preservation Update Project


Dayton Register Washington Street Historic District VOTES

Dayton Register South Side Historic District

“Dissolve the local Dayton Register Washington Street Historic District.” 9 “Dissolve the local Dayton Register South Side Historic District.” 40
“Retain the local Dayton Register Washington Street Historic District and change the process to Advisory Review.” 4 “Retain the local Dayton Register South Side Historic District and change the process toAdvisory Review.” 21
Ballots Sent 14 Ballots Sent 78
Ballots Returned & Validated 13 Ballots Returned & Validated 61








Codes, Policies & Bylaws

The City recognizes the importance of protecting and preserving its historic resources, such as buildings, both those that now have historic importance and those that will gain historic significance over time.  This is implemented through preservation planning, restoration and design guidelines.   This overriding objective has enabled the City to pursue and receive designation as a state of Washington Certified Local Government [CLG].  

Dayton Historic Preservation Commission (DHPC). The City established the DHPC through Resolution No. 951 on July 14, 1992.  This involved an appointed commission that assists in the preparation of plans and ordinances, for the protection of local historic resources. The commission also seeks restoration-producing incentives for the public, provides preservation oriented public education, conducts a periodic survey of Dayton’s historic resources, and advises the City in historic preservation matters.

The City then adopted Ordinance 1544 on November 10, 1992, its first historic preservation ordinance to carry out this mission. 

 Presently, the City is updating its policies and codes regarding historic proeservation.  More information is available at Dayton Historic Preservation Policy and Code Update

Applications and Forms

Applications, Instructions and Proceedures:

  • Application for Certificate of Appropriateness
  • Demolition of a Historuc Structure Procedures
  • Nomination Form for Local Historuc Registery
  • Dayton Historic Preservation Commission Rules
  • Special valuation: A local Tax Incentive Program
  • Special Valuation Documents and Applications
    • A Local Tax Incentive ProgramGuidelines Regarding Special Tax Valuation Eligible Expenses
    • Guidelines Regarding Special Tax Valuation Eligible Expenses
    • Special Tax Valuation Procedures Checklist for Homeowner
    • Application and Certification of Special Valuation on Improvements to Historic Property
    • Affidavit Attesting Actual Costs for Special Valuation
    • Historic Preservation Federal Tax Incentive Program (National Parks website)

Agenda and Minutes


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Historic Districts & Properties

  • Dayton Downtown Historic District
    National Register - 1999 
    State Register - 1/29/1999
    Local Register - 2001
  • Washington Street Historic District
    National Register - 8/13/1986 
    State Register - 1986 
    Local Register - 2009 & Repealed in 2016
  • South Side Historic District
    National Register - 8/13/1986 
    State Register - 1986 
    Local Register - 2009 & Repealed in 2016
  • Maps  Local Registered Districts and Individual Properties
  • Other Information: 

Contact the Planning Depatment for current updates.

Dayton Historic Preservation Commission

About the Commission:

The Dayton Historic Preservation Commission was established in 1992 to ensure that the historic and cultural resources within the City of Dayton are preserved for future generations.  The Commissioners are volunteers appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. Volunteers seeking a vacant position must demonstrate interest and competence in historic preservation and have experience in identifying, evaluating and protecting historic resources. A volunteer is selected from his or her discipline in fields such as, but not limited to, architecture, historic preservation, archaeology, education, planning or history. Commissioners work with the program?s professional staff to designate and protect significant historical and cultural resources.

Meetings are normally held the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.,  Dayton City Hall, 111 S. 1st Street, Dayton, WA Please check the city calendar to confirm meeting dates and times.

CLG & Historic Preservation

What is the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program?

The 1980 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, provided for the establishment of a CLG program to encourage the direct participation of local governments in the identification, evaluation, registration, and preservation of historic properties within their jurisdictions and promote the integration of local preservation interests and concerns into local planning and decision-making processes.  The CLG program is a partnership among local governments, the State of Washington Department of Archeaology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), and the National Park Service (NPS) which is responsible for administering the National Historic Preservation Program.

What are the requirements to become a CLG?

In order to qualify as a CLG, the city was required to pass an ordinance, appoint the Dayton Historic Preservation Commission (DHPC), facilitate public meetings, meet regularly and record those meetings.   The City of Dayton's DHPC is charged with acting on behalf of the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation in carrying out the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.  They are very specific and are broken down into 4 main categories: Restoration, Rehabilitation, Preservation or Reconstruction.  To qualify as a CLG, Dayton:

  • Established a historic preservation review commission by local ordinance (the City's DHPC);
  • Maintains a system for the survey and inventory of historic properties;
  • Provides for public participation in the local preservation program; and
  • Satisfactorily performs responsibilities delegated to it by the state.

The CLG Program Objectives:

  • Encourage historic preservation at the local level through local governmental sponsorship;
  • Encourage local governments to follow the Secretary of the Interior's Standards & Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation in their historic preservation programs;
  • Provide training and technical assistance through the State's historic preservation office;
  • Provide funding to underwrite various historic preservation activities.
  • Create a federal, state, and local governmental partnership in historic preservation
  • Each state's historic preservation office administers a Certified Local Government Program on behalf of the National Park Service.

Specific CLG responsibilities:

  • Review Register of Historic Places Nomination Applications
  • Review Changes to Registered Properties (Certificate of Appropriateness - exemptions: maintenance, emergency repair)
  • Public Outreach and Education (Brochures, Resource Information)
  • Initiate Nominations (optional)

Why become a CLG?

When your local preservation program is consistent with federal and state standards and regulations you have the backing of programs that have stood the test of time. The National Historic Preservation Act has been around since 1966. The National Register of Historic Places and its criteria are widely recognized and they have been tested legally (reviewed, refined by adoption into regulations, tested and upheld in courts).

When your local survey and designation program is consistent with the National Register and Washington State Register you know you are on safe ground. Similarly, in project review or adoption of Certificates of Appropriateness, the adoption and use of the Secretary of the Interior?s Standards provides criteria for project evaluation that, again, have stood the tests of time, reasonableness, and the courts. It insulates the local preservation program from charges of being arbitrary and capricious. Becoming a CLG provides the local program the added value of prestige and cachet.

Each state is required to pass through 10% of its annual Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service to CLGs to fund their preservation activities. In Washington, the CLG grant program is competitive for a wider variety of preservation planning activities. This funding is not a large amount, but it can support important activities including completion of a preservation element or plan, a survey, preparation of a National Register district application, or the update of an ordinance. When work is carried out under the CLG grant program, there is the assurance that the work conforms to time-tested state and federal standards.

When your local governments decides to become a CLG, it agrees to carry out the intent of the NHPA and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards. DAHP's role is advisory. Recognizing that individual local governments and individuals employed by those local governments often do not have all the background, training, and skills to achieve a good balance between development and preservation, DAHP reviews the structure and processes of the local preservation program, and may comment on or make suggestions about strategies a local government can use to accomplish its goals and objectives. Beyond that, neither the NPS nor DAHP have any regulatory authority over local governments. Neither the NPS nor DAHP dictate the content of historic preservation plans or ordinances; neither the NPS nor DAHP review nor is their approval needed prior to the selection and appointment of individual local preservation commissioners by local government officials. In no way is the autonomy of a local government decreased by becoming a CLG. However, a CLG may be decertified if it establishes policies or adopts practices that violate the intent of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Economic Benefits 
Although there are no direct economic benefits to being a CLG other than the opportunity to compete for CLG grants, your CLG's commitment to historic preservation does result in multiple economic benefits.  Where preservation is supported by local government policies and incentives, designation can increase property values and pride of place.  Revitalization of historic downtowns and adaptive reuse of historic districts and buildings conserves resources, uses existing infrastructure, generates local jobs and purchasing, supports small business development and heritage tourism and enhances quality of life and community character.  For more information download The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation in Washington State from DAHP.

Questions? Contact the staff of the Dayton Historic Preservation Commission at 509.382.2361.