Historic Tax Credit Program

Historic preservation is important to maintaining a community’s character, but should not be viewed as a recreation of the past. Instead, the Historic District is a reference point for change. Fredericksburg’s collection of historic buildings is a tangible link to the past, but accommodates a changing world. The City’s history is evident in its architecture, but the community still functions and grows. Historic buildings are routinely adapted and upgraded to remain economically viable, while keeping their character defining features intact. New buildings are integrated into their historic setting and will eventually become historic in their own right. Insignificant or unusable buildings are removed to allow continued urban growth.

Alterations, new construction, and demolition must always respect Fredericksburg’s historic character. The challenge is to ensure that development and redevelopment reflects the community’s values and the mechanisms for doing so are local preservation legislation, an appointed citizen review board, and public participation.

A Historic District Handbook is available, at no cost, to any City resident who wants one, whether or not they live in the Historic District. Compiled by the Fredericksburg Architectural Review Board and its staff, this publication includes an overview of the City’s history, a section on how historic overlay zoning works, guidelines for renovations as well as new construction in a historic context, a review of Fredericksburg’s architectural history, a glossary of architectural terms, and more. Citizens can examine a copy on line or obtain their own copy through the Office of Planning and Community Development, Room 209, City Hall, 715 Princess Anne Street.

Contact Kate Schwartz, Historic Resources Planner, at 540-372-1179 for more information.

Learn about the financial incentives available for historic buildings and how to qualify for a tax credit for improving residential property in the Historic District. Contact the Real Estate section of the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue at 540-372-1207.