(1) Properties must be at least 50 years old and historically designated by one of the following:
- National Register of Historic Places
- Colorado State Register
- City and County of Denver - designated as an individual landmark, or as a "contributing" property (historic property) in a designated historic district. (See landmark map to determine the status of your property. If you are unsure if your property is a "contributing" property in a historic district, contact Landmark Preservation staff.)
(2) Applicants must be owners of the property or tenants with leases of five or more years
(3) Projects must involve physical preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings. A project can include multiple work items.
(4) Eligible costs include but are not limited to carpentry, plaster, painting, ceilings, fixtures, door and window repairs, fire sprinklers, roofing, exterior repairs, attic insulation, and tuckpointing of brick.
Applications cannot include the costs of the following:
- Soft costs, such as architectural and engineering fees, acquisition costs, building permit and inspection fees, insurance, temporary power, etc.
- Routine or periodic maintenance, such as routine painting
- Repairs to outbuildings less than 50 years old
- New construction, as well as repairs to additions that were built after a property received historic designation
- Interior furnishings
- Grading, paving, landscaping work
Other costs not listed here may be ineligible. Landmark Preservation staff can help you determine if work items are eligible.
(5) Projects must preserve the historic character of the property and meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.
Landmark Preservation staff and the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission will review your application to ensure that these standards are met.
(6) Rehabilitation costs must be over $5,000.
You can reach the $5,000 minimum through one work item or multiple smaller work items.
(7) If the project is a Denver landmark or located in a locally-designated historic district, all exterior work items must receive a Certificate of Appropriateness.
See Design Review page to learn how to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness.
(8) Projects should not be underway at time of application.
While the tax credit rules technically allow applicants to apply for the program if work has started within 24 months prior to project application, application submittal does not guarantee project approval. Applicants who submit an application after beginning work run the risk of project disapproval if program requirements are not met.