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City of Houston - Property Tax Abatement for Green Buildings   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/12/2012
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Property Tax Incentive
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Not Specified
Applicable Sectors: Commercial
Amount:Varies by project
Equipment Requirements:Must be LEED certified
Must be new construction
Expiration Date:12/14/2013
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Article IV ยง 44-131
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Ordinance No. 2011-

In September 2009, Houston enacted Ordinance No. 2009-858, the City of Houston Tax Abatement Program, which establishes a partial tax abatement for commercial buildings that meet LEED standards. A revised standard was passed in December 2011 extending the tax abatement program until December 14, 2013.

In order to qualify for the abatement, applicants must register with the US Green Building Council and then submit an application for the abatement prior to beginning any construction on the project. The tax abatement benefit will not become affective until construction of the project has completed and LEED certification is obtained.  In addition, projects must meet a minimum investment level for the incremental cost of obtaining the LEED certification. The minimum investment level is dependent on the LEED certification obtained and the cost of the project. Abatement agreements are effective for 10 years.

Applicants may combine this tax abatement with other abatement programs described in the Ordinance, but other requirements may apply, such as a job creation minimum.

  Tim Douglass
City of Houston
Finance Department: Economic Development Division
Phone: (713) 837-9857
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