The National Register Listing of the Downtown Ellensburg Historic District was approved in 1977, as was a residential district, the First Railroad Addition Historic District (maps attached). The local Ordinance was passed in 1980 (codified in 2013 as ECC 15.280; formerly ECC 1.45.36(C) (1)). In 2001, Ellensburg became a Certified Local Government (CLG). CLGs are designated by the United States Department of the Interior, but administered through the State Historic Preservation Office; known is Washington State as the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP)
, located in Olympia. CLGs mean local communities are eligible for technical help and grant funding. So they do many preservation related things in our city, including encouraging public participation in historic preservation activities and educational efforts.