Green Building Tax Abatement

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, or other Green Building Certification, Inc. (GBCI) certifications, then the Harris County, Economic Development Division may recommend approval of a partial tax abatement for the incremental investment associated with obtaining such certification.

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The Agreement

The Agreement shall be effective up to 10 years, at a percentage based upon the level of certification actually obtained after completion of construction:

  1. Certified (Basic) Level - 1.0 %
  2. Silver Level - 2.5 %
  3. Gold Level -5.0 %
  4. Platinum Level - 10 %

Current eligibility requirements are detailed in the approved Guidelines & Criteria for Granting Tax Abatement in a Reinvestment Zone Created in Harris County (Tax Abatement Guidelines).

Interested parties may apply by filling out and submitting a complete Green Building (LEED®) Tax Abatement Application.

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