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.

Upcoming Workshops

Mills Act Workshop #1                                                              
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Long Beach Energy Resources Auditorium                         
2400 E. Spring St.                                                                     
Long Beach, CA 90806 

Mills Act Workshop #2 Canceled

The Mills Act Application Workshop scheduled for Saturday March 14 will be canceled. For the time being, the Mills Act program will continue and will operate under the same schedule and deadlines noted in the Mills Act Guide. The presentations from Workshop #1 and Workshop #2 are posted here. Please reach out by phone or email to Alejandro Plascencia, Preservation Planner. Applications can be mailed to City Hall or brought in person to City Hall by the March 27 deadline. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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