Federal & State Tax Incentives for Rehabilitation

Federal and State tax incentives encourage the rehabilitation of historic buildings. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) works with owners of eligible historic properties, helping them qualify for Federal and State tax credits available for substantial rehabilitation projects. We review applications for both programs to determine whether buildings qualify and if proposed work complies with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.

Applicants often apply for both State and Federal tax credits. Both the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Application and the Federal Historic Preservation Certification Application must be submitted when applying for the combined credit. It is essential that applicants incorporate review time by all agencies into their project planning schedule. Projects that commence prior to the completion of all reviews risk not qualifying for the tax credits.