333 West Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach CA 90802
Phone: (562) 570-LBDS (5237)
Fax: (562) 570-6753
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.

Information Workshops:

Attend two important events to learn about how to qualify and apply for tax benefits while also preserving the City's designated landmarks.

  • Pre-Application Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - Long Beach Gas & Oil Department Auditorium, 2400 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90806
  • Application Workshop: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - Ramona Park Activity Room, 3301 E. 65th St., Long Beach, CA 90805

All potential applicants or their representative are required to attend both workshops. Mills Act applications are processed once a year, during the application period. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 29, 2019.

Mills Act Documents and Reference Materials

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. Historic Preservation Element

For questions regarding the Mills Act, please call Alejandro Plascencia at 562-570-6437 or e-mail