The Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) Program is an inclusionary zoning program that requires developers of new housing in certain zoning districts to sell or rent a portion of the dwelling units to households of moderate income. The MIHU regulations require that the program pricing and standards are set twice a year – January 1 and July 1.

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MIHU Information


The primary goals of the MIHU program are to increase the supply of housing that is affordable to households of moderate income in the County and to integrate that housing into all new communities. Moderate income is defined as household income less than 80% of the Howard County median income (AMI) for units for sale and household income less than 60% of the Howard County median income for rental units. The MIHU pricing and standards below provide information that is useful to developers, builders, management companies and program participants.

Once you've received your Technically Complete letter from the Department of Planning and Zoning, complete the appropriate form for sale or for rental and create an electronic copy of the plat.

Click here for MIHU Pricing effective July 1, 2024

The MIHU program also provides alternative compliance options for developers, builders and management companies to encourage the development of low and disability income rental and homeownership opportunities in the County. “Low income” is defined as household income less than 60% of the Howard County median income for units for sale and household income less than 40% of the Howard County median income for rental units. Disability Income Housing Units are rentals for households that do not exceed 20% of the AMI and receive income based on a disability. The LIHU and DIHU pricing and standards are below.

Click here for LIHU/DIHU Pricing effective July 1, 2024

A developer can request alternative compliance in accordance with Section 13.402C of the Howard County Code by submitting this Fee In Lieu form to Quanita Kareem at


PILOT or APFO Requests


Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT)

  • Section 7-506.1 of the Tax-Property Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland
  • Real property may be exempt from County property tax if the property is being constructed or rehabilitated to provide affordable housing

Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) Waiver

  • Section 16.1103(e) of the Howard County code
  • The County Council may authorize the Department of Planning and Zoning to allow an affordable housing project to proceed that is located in a closed school attendance area
  • More information can be found here.


For both requests: Click here for the request form - submit to 

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