Yes, there are financial incentives available to owners of designated heritage resources in Plano.
The City of Plano offers a partial property tax exemption to individually designated properties and to properties that contribute historically and architecturally to a designated heritage district, and that meet a set of basic maintenance standards. Collin College and Plano Independent School District also participate in the program.
The program is intended to aid in the maintenance and upkeep of heritage resources. Therefore, the property is inspected once a year to ensure that it is being maintained properly. The program is voluntary.
Other incentive programs may be available. Contact the Heritage Preservation Officer at 972-941-7151 for more information.
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The tax exemption program for designated heritage properties is meant to provide additional funds for the continued preservation of the property. To ensure this is the case, the Heritage Commission inspects each structure yearly to determine if they are being maintained properly.
The amount of the exemption is based on two factors: (1) whether the structure is individually designated or the structure is part of, and contributes to, a heritage district; and (2) whether the structure is used solely as a residence or has a commercial use.
Class A Structures (individually designated and used for residential purposes) receive 100% exemption from taxation. Class B Structures (individually designated and used for commercial purposes) receive 50% exemption. Class C Structures (contributing to a historic district and used for residential purposes) receive 75% exemption. Class D Structures (contributing to a historic district and used for commercial purposes) receive 38% exemption.
These exemptions are on the value of the structure; full taxes are still paid on the land. To learn more, please view the Tax Exemption link on the Heritage Preservation page. Contact the Heritage Preservation Officer at 972-941-7151 for more information.
As an owner of a heritage resource or property in a district, you may be affected when attempting to renovate your property.
Any exterior alterations to buildings and properties that are heritage resources, or located within a heritage district, are required to conform to design guidelines created for an individual heritage resource or district to avoid unsympathetic changes to the buildings. A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for alterations of buildings within the heritage resource districts.
Please see the "Applications & Guidelines" tab on the Heritage Preservation page for more information. The Plano Heritage Commission protects the rights and investments of property owners and business establishments through a design review process called a Certificate of Appropriateness. By preserving and maintaining visual character, the Heritage Commission ensures that future generations will enjoy the benefits of Plano’s rich architectural heritage. Contact the Heritage Preservation Officer at 972-941-7151 for more information.
Yes, you can still make changes to your property if it is a heritage property. However, before any exterior changes, demolition or new construction, a Certificate of Appropriateness must be approved.
Routine maintenance and in-kind repairs do not need a Certificate of Appropriateness. Many simple repairs or changes may be approved by Staff. When in doubt, contact the Planning Department at 972-941-7151 or view the "Applications & Guidelines" tab on the Heritage Preservation page.
To apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness, contact the Heritage Preservation Officer (HPO) in the City of Plano Planning Department at (972) 941-7151.
The Heritage Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Applications for C.A.’s are due by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday following each meeting. There is no fee for applications. Please view the "Applications & Guidelines" tab on the Heritage Preservation page for more information.
No, you do not need to restore or improve your building because you own a heritage property. Contact the Heritage Preservation Officer at 972-941-7151 for more information.
Yes, Plan can help residents apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness. Contact the Heritage Preservation Officer at (972) 941-7151 for more information.
To find more information about the City of Plano's Heritage Preservation Program, contact the Heritage Preservation Officer at (972) 941-7151.