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Submit your Historic Preservation Tax Credit (HPTC) application

Tuesday October 1, 2019 is the opening date for FY 2019-2020 PA HPTC applications. The submission period closes on October 31, 2019. It's highly recommended that you submit your application on October 1, as this is a first-come, first-served program. You can review the program guidelines at the Department of Community and Economic Development website.


The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office notes the following changes in the application form addenda in the Electronic Single Application system. Additional fields in addenda include:

  • PA HTC request amount. All Applicants must enter your PA HTC request amount. Please note, the amount of credit available under this program equals 25% (or 30% if your project qualifies as a “workforce housing project”) of the qualified rehabilitation expenses of your project, not to exceed the $500,000 cap level for a single qualified taxpayer in a fiscal year.
  • Workforce Housing. All Applicants must verify if your project is a Workforce Housing project. A workforce housing project is on that, for a period of seven years after the building is placed in service, at least 20% of the units meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of “affordable” for individuals earning 80% of the area median income
  • Tax Compliance Form. All Applicants must complete a form to ensure that no approved applicant for HPTC credits has any outstanding liabilities with Department of Revenue. If any liabilities do exist they are not eligible for approval.
  • Application Fee. All Applicants must pay a $100 application fee upon submission of the application. The fee, as published in the reauthorization legislation, is intended to be used by PHMC and DCED to offset the costs of the review of tax credit applications and awarding of tax credit certificates.

If PA SHPO and NPS has reviewed prior federal Part 1 and Part 2 applications:

  • You must complete a DCED ESA Single application at and complete and upload the PHMC Part 1 and Part 2 application cover sheets to the ESA system.
  • But you do not need to submit supplemental application materials (P1 and P2 narrative descriptions, photographs, architectural plans, etc…) as those on file with our office.

If you have a new project with no prior review:

  • You must submit a complete a DCED ESA Single application at and submit a complete PHMC Part 1 and Part 2 application with supplemental materials (P1 and P2 narrative descriptions, photographs, architectural plans, etc…) for review. If you intend to apply for both the federal and state programs, I strongly recommend that you submit your federal or PHMC Part 1 and 2 applications for review as soon as possible to help expedite your state review.

Please contact DCED 800-379-7448 or if you have questions on the application process and new requirements.

PA Historic Preservation Tax Credit Reauthorized! 

Please visit our Advocacy Alert page for the latest news. 
The state historic preservation tax credit is an important tool for preserving and reusing historic buildings across the state. Current efforts hope to increase the current amount of $3 million to $30 million. Click here to learn more.

Thank you!

Thank you to our planning partners, our sponsors, and to our wonderful speakers for contributing their efforts to the 2019 PA Statewide Conference on Heritage: Preservation Summer School. Presentations are being uploaded now. Click here to visit the conference website.

awards logoPennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

Congratulations to this year's award recipients! Click here to see all the 2019 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award recipients. We enjoyed seeing you at the awards ceremony on June 19 in Chambersburg. Click here for photos from the event.


2019 Pennsylvania At Risk

Weather. Money. Bulldozers. These three issues are the main challenges facing the local landmarks that make up our 2019 Pennsylvania At Risk. These places become our work priorities for the year. But you can help!
Click here to read more.
Want to donate to help save places at risk? Click here to choose between a one-time or a sustaining donation.


guide to historic windowsWhat About the Windows? Help Save Them!

Help spread the word and be an advocate for original windows! Useful for HARBS and CLGs, the guide also provides useful information for individual preservationists to advocate for saving historic windows rather than replacing them. 
Preservation Pennsylvania offers a useful how-to guide: "Considering the Repair, Retrofit, and Replacement of Historic Windows."
This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office via the Certified Local Government program, and is made possible by cooperation of the Boroughs and HARBs of Gettysburg, Bellefonte and Mercersburg.

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How to Protect and Preserve the Historic Places That Matter to You

This four-part document is intended to provide you with the information and tools that you may need to make informed decisions about your historic preservation project. 
  Upcoming Events
  Vote for Chester County Historical Society in #VoteYourMainStreet Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Location: Vote every day until 10/29
  PA Historic Preservation Tax Credit Applications CLOSE Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019
Location: First-come/first-served.

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