Historic buildings and properties are the cornerstone of Clark County heritage and culture. They are the legacy of the spirited settlers and residents who shaped the land and the history of the region. Although Clark County is rich in properties of the past, the future of historic preservation is up to us. Historic Preservation programs rely on citizen involvement to protect and restore historic sites in our community.
The Clark County Historic Preservation program was created to protect the county's rich heritage. Currently, there are almost 100 sites designated as historic.
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RCW 36.22.170 allows the county to impose a $1 surcharge on filing fees to be used, at the discretion of the council, to promote historical preservation or historical programs, including preservation of historical documents. To make grant annual recommendations, the Historical Promotion Grants Program was initiated in 2006.
Properties on the Clark County Heritage Register may require a Certificate of Appropriateness before work can be done to the property that affects its historic features or requires a building permit. Ordinary repair and maintenance generally does not require a certificate of appropriateness, however please contact appropriate Historic Preservation Commission staff before proceeding with any maintenance or repair work.