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Historic Preservation Incentives Mills Act Program
Mills Act Program

The City of Beverly Hills' Mills Act Program is a self-directed, financial incentive program for owners of locally-designated historic properties.

A Mills Act Contract is a 10-year contract between the owner of a landmark property listed on the Local Register of Historic Properties and the City of Beverly Hills. The purpose of a Mills Act Contract is to provide property tax relief for an owner in return for the long-term maintenance and preservation of the property’s historic features and character.

In order for your property to be considered for a Mills Act contract under the current pilot program, it must be a designated City of Beverly Hills Landmark and satisfy the Mills Act Pilot Program requirements.  If you are unsure if your property is a designated or eligible landmark, please contact City staff.

Application Review Process

 

Pre-Application Meeting   Prior to submitting an application, an owner interested in the Mills Act should schedule a pre-application review meeting with City staff.  The purpose of the pre-application review meeting is to confirm that the property qualifies for the program and to ensure that the application submittal requirements, and the mandatory terms of the Mills Act Contract are understood.  The Pre-Application Meeting includes a site visit to review the conditions on the property. Contact staff to schedule a pre-application meeting.

 

IMPORTANT:  Before the meeting, download and fill out the Estimated Property Tax Adjustment Worksheet.

Application Submittal   Mills Act applications are submitted to the Community Development Department.   The application requires a “pro forma” regarding the proposed Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Maintenance Plan; drawings; samples; cost estimates; photographs; and any other materials or studies needed.  City staff is available to assist with the application process.

Review for Completeness   City staff will review the submitted materials and determine if the application is complete.  In order to be scheduled for a hearing, applications must be complete and include all attachments and required information, and fees.  City staff may schedule a meeting with the applicant to discuss details of the preservation plan and any proposed new construction.  Once the application has been determined complete, City staff shall schedule it for review at a noticed public hearing.

Public Hearing   The Mills Act Application will be considered during a public hearing and a recommendation will be made to the City Council regarding the preservation plan, any restrictions that should be added to the agreement, and whether the application for a Mills Act contract should be approved or denied.  Applications will be docketed for the earliest available meeting or a specific date that is not sooner that the first available meeting if requested by the applicant.

City Council   Once per year, the City Council will consider entering into Mills Act Contracts as part of its consent calendar (no public hearing).  The City Council may factor the estimated fiscal impact on the City as part of its consideration.  The City Council may approve or disapprove a Mills Act contract request.

Contract Execution and Recordation   If approved by the City Council, the City will execute the contract and forward it to the County Recorder’s office for recordation.  The recorded copy will be returned to the City for submission to the County Tax Assessor’s office for implementation.  The Los Angeles County Assessor is responsible for calculating tax savings.   The County Assessor reassesses Mills Act properties once a year.

MILLS ACT APPLICATION

The application DEADLINE is MAY 31 of each year.  Applications filed after May 31 will be accepted on a rolling basis for the following year.