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Harris County - Green Building Tax Abatement for New Commercial Construction   

Last DSIRE Review: 06/06/2012
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Property Tax Incentive
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Commercial
Amount:Certified LEED (Basic): 1.0%
LEED Silver: 2.5%
LEED Gold: 5.0%
LEED Platinum: 10%
Equipment Requirements:Must be LEED certified
Must be new construction
Start Date:05/20/2008
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Tax Abatement Guidelines 2012-2013

In 2008, the Harris County Commissioners Court adopted guidelines for partial tax abatements for new construction of commercial LEED-certified buildings. The tax abatement was renewed in 2009, and is currently in effect through December 31, 2011. Projects must be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council before submitting an application to Harris County Community Services Department and must be submitted to the County before construction of the project commences, otherwise the project is not eligible for this type of tax abatement. Tax abatement agreements are effective for up to 10 years, and are based are based on a percentage of the incremental investment associated with obtaining LEED certification.

Developers must make a minimum investment in the green building improvements of the building in order to qualify. Other requirements may apply if the Green Building Tax Abatement is paired with Harris County's standard economic development tax abatement.

  Jean Anne Spivey
Harris County
Community Services Department
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  Nancy Powell
Harris County
Community Services Department
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