Harris County - Green Building Tax Abatement for New Commercial Construction (Texas)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|Additional Place applies to||Harris County|
|Name||Harris County - Green Building Tax Abatement for New Commercial Construction (Texas)|
|Incentive Type||Property Tax Incentive|
|Eligible Technologies||Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building|
|Energy Category||Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs|
|Amount|| Certified LEED (Basic): 1.0%|
LEED Silver: 2.5%
|Equipment Requirements|| Must be LEED certified|
Must be new construction
|Start Date|| 2008-05-20
|Program Administrator||Harris County|
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.
|Contact Name||Jean Anne Spivey|
|Division|| Community Services Department
|Contact Name||Nancy Powell|
|Department|| Harris County
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Tax Abatement Guidelines 2012-2013|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.