Historic Preservation Ordinance - Mills Act Program
Mills Act Historical Property Contract Program
This program is available only to properties located in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. For properties located within the City of Los Angeles, please contact the city’s Office of Historic Resources at (213) 978-1200.
On November 26, 2013, The Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance to implement the Mills Act, an incentive program for the preservation and restoration of qualified historic buildings by private property owners. Enacted in 1972, the State Mills Act legislation grants participating local governments (cities and counties) the authority to enter into contracts with owners of qualified historic properties who actively participate in the preservation, restoration and maintenance of their historic properties while receiving property tax relief.
The following criteria must be met for a property to be eligible for a Mills Act contract:
- The property is located in unincorporated Los Angeles County;
- The property is a National, State or County designated landmark or historic district contributor;
- The maximum assessed value of the property for both improvements and land is:
- Single-family Residence - $1,000,000 or less.
- Two-family Residence - $1,500,000 or less.
- Other Land Uses - $3,000,000 or less;
- There are no zoning or building code violations on the property; and
- The property taxes are paid to date.
Applications for 2017 will be accepted from January 2, 2017 through July 27, 2017. Please consult with planning staff before filing an application.