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Historic Site Tax Exemption

The Historic Site Tax Exemption (HSTE) involves a two-part process that requires approval by the Landmarks Commission and the City Council before the project is started, and final verification by the Landmarks Commission and the City Council upon completion of the project. The Tax Exemption will go into effect Jan. 1 of the year following City Council verification. The Tax Exemption freezes the assessed valuations of the land and improvements at the pre-renovation values for the purpose of assessing city taxes. The exemption period is ten (10) years. Application to the Tarrant Appraisal District must be made each year of the exemption.

Applications must be complete and correct. Eligibility for the Tax Exemption requires that an amount equal to or greater than 30% of the assessed valuation of the improvements be spent on rehabilitation. The Landmarks Commission must approve all work requiring a Certificate of Appropriateness in advance. Some work that doesn’t require a Certificate of Appropriateness can be counted toward the 30% after the fact. Please contact the preservation staff for more information. The Landmarks Commission hears the Tax Exemption and Certificate of Appropriateness applications at the same meeting.

Step 1: Partial Approval

Upon submission of the completed application, you will be placed as a public hearing action item on the next scheduled Landmarks Commission meeting. Incomplete applications will not be accepted or forwarded to the Landmarks Commission for action. Please see the HSTE page of the application for required documentation. Upon approval by the HCLC, your application will be forwarded to the City Council for action.

Step 2: Verification

Upon completion of the stabilization or rehabilitation project, the applicant shall return the documents listed on the HSTE page of the application to the Historic Preservation Officer. Upon receipt of the required items, but no later than 30 days thereafter, the HCLC shall make an investigation of the property and shall verify whether the project has been completed. If the verification of completion is favorable, the HCLC shall forward your application to the City Council for verification approval. Once verified, City staff notifies the Tarrant Appraisal District of the tax exemption to begin the start of the next tax year.

If the verification of completion is unfavorable, you shall be required to complete the project in order to secure the City ad valorem tax exemption; your application will be returned for consideration of approval after all work has been completed.


More Information


  • Murray G. Miller, historic preservation officer, 817-392-8574
  • Justin Newhart, senior planner, 817-392-8037

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