Harris County - Green Building Tax Abatement for New Commercial Construction (Texas)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Texas
Additional Place applies to Harris County
Name Harris County - Green Building Tax Abatement for New Commercial Construction (Texas)
Incentive Type Property Tax Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Certified LEED (Basic): 1.0%

LEED Silver: 2.5%
LEED Gold: 5.0%
LEED Platinum: 10%

Equipment Requirements Must be LEED certified

Must be new construction

Start Date 2008-05-20

Program Administrator Harris County
Website http://www.csd.hctx.net/edah_taxabatement.aspx

Last DSIRE Review 2012-06-06
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

Incentive Source http://www.csd.hctx.net/edah_taxabatement.aspx


In 2008, the Harris County Commissioners Court adopted guidelines for partial tax abatements for new construction of commercial LEED-certified buildings. The tax abatement was renewed in 2009, and is currently in effect through December 31, 2011. Projects must be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council before submitting an application to Harris County Community Services Department and must be submitted to the County before construction of the project commences, otherwise the project is not eligible for this type of tax abatement. Tax abatement agreements are effective for up to 10 years, and are based are based on a percentage of the incremental investment associated with obtaining LEED certification.

Developers must make a minimum investment in the green building improvements of the building in order to qualify. Other requirements may apply if the Green Building Tax Abatement is paired with Harris County's standard economic development tax abatement.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jean Anne Spivey
Department Harris County
Division Community Services Department

Email jeananne_spivey@hctx.net
Website http://www.csd.hctx.net/default.aspx
Contact Name Nancy Powell
Department Harris County

Email nancy_powell@hctx.net
Website http://www.csd.hctx.net/default.aspx

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Tax Abatement Guidelines 2012-2013
Date Effective 2012-04-01
Date Enacted 2013-03-27
Expiration Date 2014-03-31

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1.  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"