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The Harris County Commuity Services Department offers several incentives for businesses locating within the County. If you have any questions about any of the incentives below, please contact the City's Economic Development Department at (281) 470-5016.
Tax Abatements. The county offers Tax Abatements to new projects the meet the following criteria: (1) Increase the tax roll value of new real property by at least $1,000,000; (2) create at least 25 new full-time permanent positions at the project site; and (3) are competitively sited (i.e. Senior Management is actively evaluating jurisdictions in addition to Harris County and, but for the tax abatement, the project would not be constructed in Harris County); and (4) must be shown not to solely or primarily have the effect of transferring employment from one part of the County to another. Amount of the tax abatement is a standard 50 percent per year, up to ten years.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Tax Abatement. If the owner of new commercial construction has registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”) seeking LEED Certification, then the County Community Services Department (“CSD”) may recommend approval of a partial tax abatement for the incremental investment associated with obtaining such certification. The Agreement shall be effective up to 10 years, at a percentage based upon the level of certification actually obtained after completion of construction. The minimum value increase requirement derived from the “Imputed LEED-Related Value Increment” to meet the eligibility test is $100,000. Applicant must be registered with USGBC seeking LEED Certification, prior to submitting its application to the County.
Additional Incentive for Locating New Project in HUD-Designated Low Income Target Area in the County. Construction of a new eligible facility in a “HUD-Designated Low-Income Target Area” within the County, as determined on the application date, may enable CSD to recommend that Commissioners Court approve an additional tax abatement up to 10%. A qualifying project must nevertheless meet the three basic requirements to for an economic development tax abatement: (1) creation of at least $1 million in new tax roll value, (2) creation of at least 25 new permanent full-time jobs, and (3) competitive siting. A specific “Target Area Project Site Incentive” provision must be contained in the Agreement approved by Commissioners Court and cannot be added at a later date.
Additional Incentive for Full-Time Permanent Job Creation for Residents of HUD-Designated Low Income Target Areas in the County. Construction of a new eligible facility resulting in creation of jobs for residents of “HUD-Designated Low-Income Target Areas” within the County, as determined on application date, may enable CSD to recommend that Commissioners Court approve an additional tax abatement up to 20 percent. A qualifying project must meet the three basic requirements to for an economic development tax abatement: (1) creation of at least $1 million in new tax roll value, (2) creation of at least 25 new permanent full-time jobs, and (3) competitive siting.
HARRIS COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENTMailing Address:
8410 Lantern Point Dr. - Annex M
Houston, TX 77054
Phone: (713) 578-2000