Historic preservation can pay! The city offers several incentives that allow owners of properties listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources to receive property tax reductions and/or facade improvement grants. Other incentives allow listed properties to qualify for some deviations from the zoning code.
Mills Act Property Tax Reduction
The Mills Act is a statewide program allowing owners of qualified historic resources to receive a property tax reduction in exchange for agreeing to maintain their property at the highest preservation standards. In Glendale, we require that properties be listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources to qualify for the program. In addition, the Historic Preservation Commission and City Council may require that owners perform certain routine or specific work in order to qualify. Please note that in 2011 new policies regarding the City's Mills Act program are expected to go into effect. Please contact Jay Platt, Preservation Planner, at either (818) 937-8155 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mills Act - general information from the state
Mills Act - text of the state codes
Glendale Register Nomination Form and Instructions
Mills Act Application
Facade Improvement Grants
Owners of historic buildings within the city's Redevelopment Areas may qualify for a grant of up to $50,000 to improve the appearance of their building's facades. Qualifying buildings must either be on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources or be successfully nominated to the register as part of the project. There is no required financial contribution from the owner unless project costs exceed the approved grant amount.
Grant information from the Community Development Department