Local Tax Incentive Programs for Historic Preservation

Higgens House, Montgomery CountyLocal property tax credits are available for the rehabilitation of homes as well as income-producing designated historic buildings in a growing number of jurisdictions. They are typically provided either as an offset of property taxes owed by a percentage of the rehabilitation expenditure (up to ten percent), or an amount equal to the increase in property taxes resulting from the rehabilitation improvements for a period of up to ten years.

Please note that the State tax credit program operates independently from local jurisdiction tax credit programs and regulations.  Approval of a project from a local jurisdiction cannot be substituted for meeting State requirements and is independent from MHT’s tax credit review. 

If you are considering using local tax credits in combination with State or Federal tax credits, we recommend that you contact the Rehabilitation Tax Credit staff at MHT before applying for local tax credits or making any changes to your historic property.  Early contact with the Maryland Historical Trust’s Rehabilitation Tax Credit Unit is recommended to ensure that the project being proposed meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Important Tips!

  • Contact your local government for eligibility requirements
  • ALWAYS seek approval for your plans prior to starting work! Generally speaking, work that is substantially completed without prior approval is not eligible for Federal, State, or local tax credits.
  • Be sure your contractor(s) are aware that you are applying for Tax Credits/Freezes and check all change-orders or plan revisions with you and the HPC first.

Jurisdictions with Local Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation

NOTE: MHT makes every effort to maintain this list as accurately as possible, but advises you to contact your local government (usually Planning Department) to determine if your community offers tax incentives for rehabilitation work.

Map of Local Tax Incentives in Maryland

Bel Air Rockville Gaithersburg Laytonsville New Market Frederick City Port Deposit Map of Local Historic Preservation Commissions in Maryland Cumberland North Beach Westminster Sykesville Elkton Charlestown Chesapeake City La Plata Cambridge East New Market Bel Air Havre de Grace Chestertown Laurel Princess Anne Easton St. Michael's Hagerstown Salisbury Snow Hill Berlin Denton Ridgely Washington County Cumberland City of Frederick Frederick County Westminster Montgomery County Howard County Baltimore County Prince George's County Charles County Baltimore City Cecil County Harford County

Allegany County


City of Cumberland

Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission

Kathy McKenney, Historic Planner
(301) 759-6431

P.O. Box 1702
Cumberland, MD 21502



Anne Arundel County


City of Annapolis


Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission

Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation
(410) 263-7941

145 Gorman St.
Annapolis, MD 21401


Baltimore City


Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation

Stacy Montgomery, Historic Preservation Planner

(410) 396-5933

417 E. Fayette St., 8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202






Baltimore County


Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission

Karin Brown
(410) 887-3495

401 Bosley Ave.
Towson, MD 21204



Calvert County


Calvert County Historic District Commission

NOTE: Also includes properties in North Beach Historic District

Kirsti Uunila, Historic Preservation Planner
(410) 535-1600 x2504

150 Main St.
Prince Frederick, MD 20678


Carroll County


Town of Westminster

Westminster Historic District Commission

Melissa Hynes, Comprehensive Planner
(410) 848-7967

City Hall
P.O. Box 710
Westminster, MD 21158

Cecil County


Cecil County Historic District Commission

Eric Senstromm, Director of Planning & Zoning
(410) 996-5220

200 Chesapeake Boulevard
Elkton, MD 21921


Charles County


Charles County Historic Preservation Commission

Cathy Thompson, Community Planning Program Manager
(301) 396-5815

Charles Co. Dept. of Plasnning and Growth Management
PO Box 2150
La Plata, MD 20646



Frederick County


Frederick (City) Historic Preservation Commission

Lisa Mroszcyk, Preservation Planner
(301) 600-6278

140 W. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701



Frederick County Historic Preservation Commission

Denis Superczynski
(301) 600-2958

Winchester Hall
12 East Church St.
Frederick, MD 21701

(County Incentives are available for residents of New Market and Frederick City as well)


Harford County


Bel Air Historic Preservation Commission

Robert Fisher, Planner II
(410) 879-9500

705 Churchville Rd.
Bel Air, MD 21014

Harford County Historic Preservation Commission

Sarah Corey, Preservation Planner
(410) 638-3103 x1369

220 S. Main St.
Bel Air, MD 21014

Howard County


Howard County Historic District Commission

Samantha Stoney, Preservation Planner
(410) 313-4428

3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043


Montgomery County


Gaithersburg Historic District Commission

Matt Bowling, Planner
(301) 258-6330

31 Summit Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Laytonsville Historic District Commission

(301) 869-0042

21607 Laytonsville Rd.
P.O. Box 5158
Laytonsville, MD 20882

Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission

Scott Whipple, Supervisor of Historic Preservation Section
(301) 563-3400

8787 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Rockville Historic District Commission

Robin Ziek, Preservation Planner
(240) 314-8230

111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850


Prince George's County


Laurel Historic District Commission

Sunny Pritchard
(301) 725-5300 x251

8103 Sandy Springs Road
Laurel, MD 20707

Prince George's County Historic Preservation Commission

Frederick Stachura, Planner Coordinator

14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

St. Mary's County


St. Mary's County Historic Preservation Commission

Grace Mary Brady, Preservation Planner
(301) 475-4200 x1549

23150 Leonard Hall Drive
P.O. Box 653
Leonardtown, MD 20650


Washington County


Washington County Historic Preservation Commission

Steven Goodrich, Chief Planner
(240) 313-2430

80 W. Baltimore St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740





This page updated: September 20, 2011