3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
3430 Court House Drive
The Route 1 Tax Credit Program encourages revitalization along the Route 1 corridor by helping owners of commercial and industrial properties renovate and improve the appearance of their properties. Commercial or industrial properties that are mixed use with residential components are not eligible. The property must have frontage onto Route 1, and/or be adjacent to a property with Route 1 frontage, or be within the perimeter of Map 20.129D (Elkridge). The project improvement must be clearly visible from a roadway to contribute to the aesthetic improvement of the corridor.
Additionally, to qualify, the property must also be under 15 acres in size and have no outstanding code violations with the Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits or Department of Planning and Zoning. Reauthorization was passed by the County Council in November 2020 which extends the Tax Credit Program through the taxable year ending June 30, 2026.
Eligible Improvements Include:
Ineligible Improvements Include:
The maximum amount that a single parcel can claim is up to $100,000. If a parcel has an approved application and due to unforeseen circumstances the cost estimate exceeds the initial amount the applicant could be eligible for 125% of approved expenses, up to 100k. It should be noted that the full tax credit amount is only realizable if your property taxes total above the full cost of the tax credit claim over those five years. Additionally, the tax credit is bound to the parcel and not the owner so if the owner sells the property, the tax credit will remain with the new owner.
Below are the documents needed in the program.
Step 1: Complete the tax credit application to confirm eligibility. Once this project has been deemed suitable for the tax credit by the Project Review Committee, the work can begin.
Step 2: After the work has been completed, submit the following forms:
If this tax credit is of interest to you, please contact Victoria Olivier or Jeff DelMonico at (410) 313‐2350 or reach us via email at [email protected] to schedule a time to meet for a video chat or phone call to discuss your proposed scope and next steps.