Baltimore City Tax Credit for Historic Rehabilitations and Restorations

Important Update!

Due to the City’s current technology issues, CHAP and the Department of Finance have developed a temporary system to move tax credit reviews along.  Please the [email protected] email to submit your preliminary applications and final certification submissions. Please use the following these instructions so we can review your application as quickly as possible.

FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS

  • Please try to send ONE email per property. If you have problems sending this material via email, please contact us.

  • If you are submitting a new application or final certification material that was not uploaded to the online system, please note that once the system becomes operational again, we will request that you upload your information to the online system. You will not lose your place in the queue.

  • Per our usual process, we will contact you with any questions about your application. Letters will be emailed from the [email protected] address.

  • We will still review applications in the order that they were received. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work around our current technology issues.

FOR APPLICATIONS/PRELIMINARY REVIEWS

  1. Please write the address of the property and "APPLICATION" in the title of your email (for example 123 West Street APPLICATION).

  2. Please write the address of the property in the body of the email.

  3. Please write the name and number and email of the main point of contact for the project and of the person to contact to schedule an appraisal. If the property is commercial, you must obtain your own.

  4. Please attach the following items to the email:

    1. Photographs of the entire property, inside and out. Please submit in a zip folder or in one document.

    2. Plans if a building elevation or interior layout will be altered in any way, or if you are constructed.

    3. A detailed scope of work that provides a comprehensive overview of the proposed project.

5) You must still submit the $50 review fee, which is a check made to the Director of Finance, Baltimore City with the address of the property in the memo line. Checks can be mailed or hand delivered to:

Historic Tax Credit Program

417 E. Fayette Street, 8th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21202

FOR FINAL CERTIFICATION SUBMISSIONS

  1. Please write the address of the property and "FINAL" in the title of your email (for example 456 East Street FINAL).

  2. Please write the address of the property in the title and body of the email.

  3. Please indicate in the email if your submission is in response to a notice of expiration.

  4. Please write the name and number and email of the main point of contact for the project and of the person to contact to schedule an appraisal.

  5. Please attach the following items to the email:

  1. 2 sets of photographs - Photos submitted with the application and photos of the completed rehabilitation. Please submit each set of photos in a zip folder or in one document.

  2. Copies of all permits, including the U&O if required.  A list of permits can be obtained from the Baltimore Housing Webpage.

  3. A detailed cost documentation  


In 1996, the Mayor and City Council established Baltimore City’s Historic Tax Credit Program, fostering the rehabilitation of historic structures throughout Baltimore. The Historic Tax Credit Program is open to residential and commercial buildings. To date, more than 5,000 rehabilitation projects have participated. The program is a 10 year, comprehensive tax credit program that helps the City in its mission to preserve Baltimore's historic neighborhoods by encouraging property owners in historic districts to complete substantive rehabilitation projects. The 10-year credit is granted on the increased property value, resulting from the qualifying rehabilitation work. The tax credit is computed once and used for the entire 10-year life of the credit. The Department of Finance is responsible for calculating the credit and all questions regarding the calculation should be addressed to them.

To date, over one billion dollars has been invested in historic properties since 1997, with more than 3,000 restorations currently underway in historic districts throughout the City.

  • Ten-year tax credit for all renovations, interior and exterior, is the most generous in Baltimore City, and among the most comprehensive in the country. 
  • Credit benefits both homeowners and businesses. 
  • Goal of the program is to help preserve Baltimore's neighborhoods by encouraging restoration and rehabilitation. 
  • Credit is fully transferrable to a new owner for the remaining life of the credit.

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