Development Services

Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program

An Economic Incentive Program for Historic Properties

On January 6, 2015, the Long Beach City Council approved revisions to the Mills Act to provide more opportunities for eligible historic property owners. The Mills Act is a State program that is administered and implemented by local governments, and offers economic incentives to qualifying owners of historic or designated landmark sites upon agreement to rehabilitate, restore, and protect their property. Under the Mills Act contracts, private owners receive tax relief in exchange for proper maintenance and preservation of the historical and architectural character of the property for a revolving 10-year term.

The Mills Act is especially beneficial for recent buyers of historic sites, or owners who may have recently had a property transfer or tax reassessment. Since going dormant in 2006, review of the City's Mills Act Program and existing contracts has been underway, in accordance with historic preservation standards and specific contract requirements.

The application period is currently closed. New applications are not currently being accepted. The new application period will re-open in early February 2020.  New application dates for the 2020 application will be posted to this webpage as those dates become available.

The Historic Preservation Element of the adopted Long Beach 2030 General Plan Update provides a framework for a comprehensive preservation program, including provisions for the designation of landmarks and historic districts, rehabilitation of historic structures, and incentives for historic preservation.

For questions regarding the Mills Act, please call Alejandro Plascencia at 562-570-6437 or e-mail alejandro.plascencia@longbeach.gov.