Historic Property Tax Credit 
The County offers two types of local property tax incentives for work that restores or preserves an eligible historic property:

1. A Historic Tax Credit for Qualified Expenses provides a tax credit equal to 25% of the cost of eligible work. This type of tax credit may be applied to projects costing $500 or more.

2. A Historic Tax Credit for Increase in Assessed Value abates the increase in property tax that would result from increased assessed value due to the restoration work done, as determined by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. This tax credit may be applied to projects costing $5,000 or more, and will be granted annually for ten years after the work is completed. 

These tax incentives may be applied to eligible historic sites throughout Howard County as well as to properties in the local historic districts.

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 Welcome to Howard County Housing  

The Department of Housing and Community Development works to provide affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income residents of Howard County. 

The Department administers a range of Federal, State, and County funded programs providing opportunities for affordable home ownership, loans and grants for special needs housing programs, rental assistance, community facilities, and programs. 

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 Downtown City Projects 

Howard County is currently engaged in several construction projects to enhance historic Downtown Ellicott City through capital investments.  Learn more about these projects at


 Interactive Challenge: Name the Parking Lots of Historic Ellicott City with EngageHoward 

 County-wide Projects

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 Help report non-emergency neighborhood issues to Howard County Government from a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. Use the Tell HoCo app – an easy way to report issues such as:


º  potholes

º  graffiti

º  sidewalks

º  roadways

º  traffic signals

º  signs

º  sewer or water

º  parks

º trees  

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