In December of 2000, Denver City Council approved the designation of the Downtown Historic District. The ordinance helps to preserve the distinctive urban design and character of our city’s core. At the same time, city council authorized a tax rebate to help offset property tax rates for historic property owners in the downtown historic district, and to thank property owners for preserving and maintaining their renovated structures.
Your property may qualify for the tax rebate if:
- The building is within the Downtown Denver Historic District
- The street elevations are in good repair
- The street elevations are substantially original in appearance
- The building systems are in good repair
- The building/owner does not receive financing from the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) nor have an outstanding repayment obligation to DURA.
How to apply
To receive your tax rebate, please complete and return the application form via email or mail by September 1, 2013. Your application should include the following:
Send your application to:
- Application form(PDF)
- 4”X 6” photographs (or digital photographs) showing all street-facing sides of the building. Label the structure’s address on all photographs, or in the file name (for digital images). See photo standards (PDF).
- A copy of the Denver Assessor’s Office record for the property.
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Please note: For each building in the Downtown Denver Historic District, an authorized representative must complete and return an application. An authorized representative is the person or entity that will make the application to the City for a property tax rebate and the entity to which the rebate will be paid. If there is but one building owner that owner shall be the authorized representative; if there is more than one owner, then those owners shall decide upon an authorized representative. Questions? Please call Landmark Preservation staff at 720-865-2709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More on the Downtown Denver Historic District tax rebate
In December of 2000, Denver City Council approved the designation of the Downtown Historic District. Ordinance No. 970 — establishing the tax rebate — helps to offset property tax rates for historic property owners in the downtown historic district.
The ordinance states that the program is to be evaluated on a year-to-year basis as part of the City’s annual appropriation process. As the recent economic downtown created budget challenges for the City, the program was suspended from 2010-2013.
This year, thanks to Denver voters’ recent overwhelming support of Measure 2A, the city is equipped to eliminate its budget deficit, restore essential services and move Denver forward. These events have also made it possible to reinstate the Downtown Historic District tax rebate for 2014.
For full details, view ordinance 972, designating the Downtown Historic District. Learn more about landmark preservation in Denver.
Recent ordinance changes
The following provisions to the Downtown Historic District tax rebate are new since 2010:
- Participating buildings must have an authorized representative appointed for the structure. For the purposes of this section 53-531(3) an “authorized representative” is the person or entity that will make the application to the City for a property tax rebate and the entity to which the rebate will be paid. If there is but one owner that owner shall be the authorized representative, if there is more than one owner, then the owners shall decide upon an authorized representative.
- Upon application for a property tax rebate by the authorized representative of a structure in the Downtown Historic District the LPC shall determine whether the structure meets the criteria. To be considered for a rebate, all applications must be turned in to the LPC by September 1 of the year the taxes were due and paid. The LPC shall then compile a list of the qualifying structures and shall certify annually a list of qualifying structures in the downtown historic district.
- The manager of finance, after receiving the list of qualifying structures from the LPC, shall find and determine the eligibility of each qualified structure to payment of a rebate under this article, and shall pay to said structures authorized representative, such payment form the funds appropriated to downtown historic district property tax rebate fund, and no other, by the first day of September of the succeeding calendar year, provided however that the authorized representative shall not be considered eligible to receive payment of a rebate except on property taxes that have been paid.
- If an individual rebate payment would amount to less than $100.00, no payment shall be made.