LBDS
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.

  • Two (Pre-Application and Application) workshops were conducted on March 12 and March 26, 2016 to provide the public with more specific information on the Mills Act application process. All potential applicants or their representative were required to attend the Pre-Application Workshop on March 12, 2016. Mills Act applications are processed once a year, during the application period. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 1, 2016.


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 Christopher Koontz at 562-570-6288 or e-mail christopher.koontz@longbeach.gov.