The next meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission is scheduled for Wednesday March 28, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

Previous HPC Agendas



Our Purpose:

The purpose of the Yakima Historic Preservation Ordinance is to provide for the identification, evaluation, designation, and protection of designated historic and prehistoric resources within the boundaries of the City of Yakima and preserve and rehabilitate eligible historic properties for future generations.

 Historic Preservation Element


About the Commission:

4 Year Term — 7 members

The Local Review Board For Historic Preservation was established under Chapter 11.60 of the City of Yakima Municipal Code. It operates under Ordinance No. 3223, 2005-002, & 2011-028

Appointed by: Mayor with approval of the City Council.

Meetings: 4th Wednesdays @ City Hall

Term Limitations: None

Residency Requirements: Must be a Yakima resident

Attendance Requirements: None

Responsibilities: Make determinations concerning the eligibility of historic properties; verify that improvements are consistent with Washington State Advisory Council’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Maintenance; enter into agreements with property owners for the duration of the special valuation period; approve or deny applications for special valuation; monitor the property for continued compliance with the agreement.

Yakima Historic Preservation Commission Bylaws


Old Yakima Avenue, Eastward
Old Yakima Avenue, Eastward

















“…We need an environment which is not simply well organized, but poetic and symbolic as well. It should speak of the individuals and their complex society, of their aspirations and their historical tradition, of the natural setting, and of the complicated functions and movements of the city world… By appearing as a remarkable and well-knit place, the city could provide a ground for the clustering and organization of these meanings and associations. Such a sense of place in itself enhances every human activity that occurs there, and encourages the deposit of a memory trace.” – Kevin Lynch, The Image of the City


For more information on Historic Preservation within the City of Yakima contact Trevor Martin, Associate Planner, at  (509) 575-6162 or email to: