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Informational Sessions

As part of the Downtown Plan update, in May 2013, the City offered free informational sessions to spread the word about the financial incentives, code and zoning flexibility available to historic and existing buildings. Session presentations and other information is provided below.

Celebrating Bellingham's Historic Buildings: The Downtown Bellingham Historic Resource Survey

The City of Bellingham works to survey and inventory its historic buildings. Most recently completed, was the Downtown Bellingham historic resource survey. Staff Contact: Katie Franks, Development Specialist II    (360) 778-8388

May 3, 2013 Presentation (3,655K PDF)

CBD Historic Resource Survey Report (2,690K PDF)
CBD Historic Resource Survey Report - List of Surveyed Properties (4,526K PDF)

National vs. Local Register (262K PDF)
Research the History of Your Building (PDF)

The Siemens Building at 1400-11 Railroad
Avenue is just one of many downtown
buildings that are eligible for historic listing.

Design Flexibility for Buildings: Using the International Existing Building Code

The International Existing Building Code (IEBC) allows modifications to the building code as long as alterations, changes of use, and updates comply with minimum health, structural, fire and life safety provisions. Staff Contact: Jim Tinner, Building Official    (360) 778-8307

May 15, 2013 Presentation (857K PDF)

IBC and IEBC Summary (PDF)

The owner of 100 Pine Street used the
International Existing Building Code flexibility
to solve several building code issues.

Incentives for Historic Buildings: Bellingham Local Register of Historic Places

The City of Bellingham offers financial and other incentives to owners of properties listed on the Bellingham Register of Historic Places. Staff Contact: Jackie Lynch, Planner II                 (360) 778-8350

May 22, 2013 Presentation (1,487K PDF)

Why List Your Building (PDF)

1303 Astor Street is listed on the National,
State and Local Historic Registers and has
benefited from the Special Tax Valuation

Incentives for Historic Buildings: National Register and the Federal Tax Credit Program 

The Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit program provides a 20% tax credit for income-producing, which may include uses such as commercial, retail, office, rental residential or industrial that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Contact: Michael Houser, State Architectural Historian (re: Federal Tax Credit Program) / (360) 586-3076  or  Nicholas Vann, State Historical Architect (re: Federal Tax Credit Program) / (360) 586-3079

May 29, 2013 National Register Presentation (1,800K PDF)

Federal Tax Credit Program Presentation (1,0367K PDF)

The Bellingham Housing Authority used the
Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program to
help defer costs of the revitalization of the
Laube Hotel, 1226 N State Street.

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