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Mills Act Program

Mills Act Overview

The Mills Act, a state law enacted in 1972, is a self-directed, economic incentive program for owners of historic buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places or on a state, county or city official register. It is the single most important economic incentive program available in California for private property owners of qualified historic buildings. A Mills Act program must be developed according to two California State Codes: California Government Code, Article 12, Sections 50280-80290 and California Revenue and taxation Code, Article 1.9, Sections 439-439.4.

Under the program, property owners receive a significant reduction in local property taxes in exchange for their promise to actively participate in restoring, rehabilitating, repairing and preserving their properties. Participants enter into an initial 10-year contract with the City.

Program

Thank you for your interest in the City of San Bernardino's Mills Act Program. The purpose of this program is to encourage the preservation and restoration of historic properties throughout the City by offering financial incentives to property owners who restore and maintain historical residential and commercial properties.

The deadline to submit your Mills Act application is 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018.

For additional information please call the Community Development Department at (909) 384-7276.

Application Information

Application

Application Checklist

Mills Act Facts

Project Ideas

Rehabilitation Plan

Map of Structures Pre 1942