Assessor Manuals, Exemption Administration: RPTL Section 444-a
Exemption Administration Manual—Part 1: Residential—Other than multiple dwellings
Section 4.01 - RPTL Section 444-a: Historic Property
Year Originally Enacted:
General Municipal Law §§96-a,119-dd
If allowed by local option, historic property that is altered or rehabilitated in accordance with local historic preservation laws is exempt from taxation to the extent of any increase in value attributable to the alteration or rehabilitation. Such improvements are exempt from special ad valorem levies as well as from general municipal and school taxes, but are liable for special assessments.
Property Location Requirements:
Property Use Requirements:
In order for a structure to be considered an historic property eligible for this exemption, the property must have been designated as a landmark, or be a property that contributes to the character of an historic district, created by a local law passed under Section 96-a or 119-dd of the General Municipal Law. Alterations or rehabilitation of such historic property must be made for means of historic preservation, and such alterations or rehabilitation must meet guidelines and review standards in the local preservation law.
Certification by State or Local Government:
Alterations and rehabilitation on historic buildings must be approved by the local preservation commission prior to commencement of such work.
Required Construction Start Date or Other Time Requirement:
Alterations or rehabilitation must have commenced after the effective date of the local law or resolution adopting this exemption (see Local Option below).
Yes - Each county, city, town, village and school district (except city school districts in Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers) may choose whether or not to allow the exemption. The option must be exercised by a county, city, town, or village through adoption of a local law and by a school district through adoption of a resolution. In all cases, a public hearing must be held prior to adoption of the local law or resolution. Each county, city, town, village or school district may choose to (1) reduce the percent of the exemption otherwise allowed by this statute; and (2) limit eligibility for the exemption to those forms of alterations or rehabilitation as are prescribed the local law or resolution.
Limitation on exemption
|General municipal taxes
|School district taxes
|Special ad valorem levies
|No exemption allowed
|No exemption allowed
|3. Taxing Jurisdiction
|a. County or County Special Districts
|c. Town or Town Special District
|e. School District
|Ex - Exempt Tax - Taxable NA - Not Applicable
*See Calculation of Exemption below.
**If allowed by local option.
Payments in lieu of taxes
Calculation of exemption
General Municipal and School District Taxes:
Unless reduced by the local law or resolution, the following percentages of the increase in assessed value attributable to the alteration or rehabilitation should be applied:
|Year of exemption
|Percentage of exemption
Special Ad Valorem Levies and Special Assessments:
For ad valorem levies, the schedule listed above should be applied. No exemption allowed for special assessments.
Coding of exemption on assessment roll
|Description of Alternative Codes Possible
Assessment Roll Section(s):
Taxable (RPS Section 1).
Note: This code should not be used to identify property that is exempt under any of the statutes listed under Similar Exemptions below. For coding of such property, see the Exemption Profile for the statute that applies.
Filing requirements (owner or occupant of property)
Reporting requirements (assessor)
|RPTL §444 & NPCL §1408
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