Historic District Incentive Programs

  1. Cumberland Historic District
  2. Allegany Historic District
  3. Commercial Properties
  4. Federal Tax Incentive
  5. MHT Grants
  6. Special Taxing District
  7. Maryland's Incentive

City of Cumberland Historic District Tax Incentive Program

For qualified renovations that have been approved by the Historic Preservation Commission, a 10% credit can be deducted from the property owner’s annual city property taxes. A minimum expenditure of $5,000 is required. This credit can be used for up to 5 years if the amount of credit is greater than the amount of annual taxes due.

Additionally, a city property tax assessment freeze is available for a period of up to 10 years. The length of the freeze depends upon the amount of the expenditure in relation to the preimprovement market value of the property. In 2006, this program was expanded to include not only the Canal Place Preservation District, but also all National Register of Historic Districts within Cumberland. Maps of these districts are available on our Historic District Maps page. Application forms are also available by calling Ruth Davis-Rogers, Cumberland's Historic Preservation Planner.

The City of Cumberland, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust, Preservation Maryland, and the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation held a Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Workshop Thursday February 9, 2023.  Use the link below to view the workshop.

Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Workshop 2/9/2023

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