Properties are listed individually or as contributing properties to an historic district on the city of Wenatchee register of historic places, an honorary designation denoting significant association with the historic, archaeological, architectural, engineering, or cultural heritage of the community. To qualify to be listed a building, structure, site, object or district is significantly associated with the community, has integrity, and is at least 50 years old; or is of a lesser age and has exceptional importance. Nominations are review by the Historic Preservation Broad and make a recommendation to the Wenatchee city council.
Prior to the commencement of any work on an individually listed register property, excluding exempt activities identified in Wenatchee City Code Section 2.36.160, the owner must request and receive a certificate of appropriateness from the city for the proposed work. Violation of this rule shall be grounds for the board to review the property for removal from the register. Reviews are conducted at no cost to the property owner. Please contact the Department of Community Development at (509) 888-3200 prior to starting a project for assistance. The various review processes are outline in the Wenatchee City Code Section 10.40.060.
Special valuation is the revision of the assessed value of a historic property which subtracts qualifying rehabilitation costs for up to ten years as are approved by the Historic Preservation Board. Properties that are eligible to apply for special valuation are those listed on the City's Register of Historic Places or a contributing property to the Downtown Wenatchee Historic District or Grandview Historic District. For more information, please contact the Department of Community Development. Here is link to a brochure with some more information.
Building within the Downtown Historic District (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) may qualify for the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program. Here is a link to a brochure with some more information on that program.