There are multiple incentives for those interested in carrying out a historic preservation project.

  1. Ad Valorem Tax Exemption
  2. Building Code
  3. Grants & Tax Credits
  4. Additional Benefits

Locally, a Historic Preservation Property Tax Exemption, also known as an ad valorem tax exemption, is available for select historic properties. The exemption applies to the increase in property taxes that result from improving a property and lasts for a ten year period. If approved, a covenant will also be placed on the property.


To be eligible, a structure must be located within a local historic district, listed as part of a district or individually on the National Register of Historic Places, or designated as a local landmark. The overall project must also meet the monetary thresholds described in the city's municipal code (Chapter 2, Article VII, Section 2-392).

The Historic Architectural Review Board

If eligible, the proposed project must be reviewed, and approved, by the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) prior to work being carried out. The board will look to the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings when making their decision. 

HARB will review the project again when it is completed to confirm that it followed the approved design and met the Guidelines. After the board's review, their recommendation will be sent to the City Commission for its approval.

For More Information

For additional information, view the Municode website or contact Historic Preservation staff in the Planning and Building Department.