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My LEED Home Qualifies for Residential Tax Abatement! What’s Next?

Congratulations on your new LEED home! If you are thinking about building in the Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, Oakley, Mt. Adams, OTR or Columbia Tusculum areas, you might have already heard about the tax abatement in the City of Cincinnati. When you build a new home or invest in renovations, your property taxes can go up. The City of Cincinnati has a Residential Property Tax Abatement program that allows owners to pay taxes on the pre-improvement value of their property for 10-15 years. Property tax abatement is available for any increased valuation that results from improvements to the property for new construction and renovation.

Talk about a major incentive to renovate or build a home in the city of Cincinnati!! Tax abatement benefits stay with the property the entire length of the abatement and transfer to any new property owner within the approved time period.

Once the project is complete and all permits are closed, the homeowner will need to submit a “Residential CRA Application” to the city of Cincinnati. Here are the steps to take:

This is how you should answer the following questions on page 1 of the application:

  • Answer “No” to: “Please indicate if the project is certified to meet the City of Cincinnati Visitability Standards as certified by the Dept. of Buildings & Inspections:

  • Answer “No” to: Please indicate if the project will be submitting a before and after Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score (see pages 3 & 4).

  • Legendary Homes will tell you which level of LEED Certification to choose. This will typically be LEED Platinum.

  • Answer “Not LBC Qualified” to Please Indicate if the project met Living Building Challenge (LBC) levels as defined by the International Living Future Institute.

  • You will need to share the closing statement for documentation as well as your Certificate of Occupancy.

  • Once you have filled out the application and gathered the required documents, we recommend calling the city to make sure the form is filled out correctly before submitting. The city can be reached at:

Department of Community & Economic Development

Two Centennial Plaza

805 Central Avenue Suite 700

Cincinnati, OH 45202


For more information on Residential Tax Abatement visit:

Areas that quality for the LEED Tax Abatement:

Hyde Park

Mt. Lookout


Columbia Tusculum

Mt. Adams


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