Downtown and
Village Center
Tax Credits
Guidelines and
Application
Vermont Department of Housing
and Community Development
2020
2020 Downtown and Village Center Tax Credit Program Guidelines
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... 1
Program Contact Information ............................................................................................................... 1
Description of Credits Available through the Program .......................................................................... 1
Program Eligibility and Standard Provisions ........................................................................................ 1
Preservation Standards and Design Considerations ............................................................................ 2
Staff Support and Site Visits ................................................................................................................ 3
Application Submission Instructions .................................................................................................... 3
Required Attachments ......................................................................................................................... 3
Scoring Process and Tiebreaker Policies............................................................................................. 4
Award Alternates ................................................................................................................................. 4
Using the Credits .............................................................................................................................. 4-5
Recapture Policies ............................................................................................................................... 5
Other Helpful Programs .................................................................................................................... 5-6
Appendix A Program Scoring Criteria ............................................................................................... 7
Appendix B Sample Credit Calculations ........................................................................................ 8-9
Appendix C Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation ................................................ 10
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INTRODUCTION
The Downtown and Village Center tax credit program helps to stimulate private investment, create jobs,
restore buildings and jump start revitalization in Vermont communities. Successful projects range from small
bed and breakfasts and rental apartments to multimillion-dollar downtown redevelopments. In 2020,
$2,600,000 in state income tax credits are available to projects that enhance the historic character and
improve building safety of older and historic commercial buildings located in Designated Downtowns
or
Village Centers. Credits support general rehabilitation work, code compliance work, and exterior façade
improvements, and may be combined with the federal program. Applications are due July 1, 2020 by close
of business (4:30 pm). Contact program staff before the deadline to discuss any delays in submitting
application materials due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION
For questions regarding this program, contact: Caitlin Corkins, Tax Credits & Grants Coordinator at:
caitlin.corkins@vermont.gov
or by phone at 802-828-3047.
Mailing Address:
Department of Housing and Community
Development One National Life Drive
Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501
DESCRIPTION OF CREDITS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE PROGRAM
10% Historic Tax Credit:
Available only for approved Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit projects. This credit is not capped; however, the
first $500,000, and half of the costs exceeding $500,000, are eligible for the credit. Work must meet the
Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation (see Appendix C).
25% Façade Improvement Tax Credit:
Available for exterior repairs and/or improvements to the front (public) façade of a qualified building. Up to
$100,000 in eligible costs for a maximum of $25,000 in credits is available. Projects eligible for the 10% historic
credit above are ineligible for façade credits. Work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for
Rehabilitation (see Appendix C).
50% Code Improvement Tax Credit:
Available for investments made to bring buildings into compliance with current building codes. Credit
allocations are up to $75,000 for elevators, up to $50,000 for sprinkler systems, up to $60,000 for limited
use/limited application elevators (LULAs) and up to $12,000 for lifts. Other code work to meet ADA
requirements, electrical or plumbing codes, and the abatement of hazardous substances like lead paint and
asbestos is eligible for a credit allocation of up to $50,000 for the combined costs of these improvements.
Code credit projects must be inspected by state code officials or, where authorized, a municipal fire marshal or
building inspector.
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY AND STANDARD PROVISIONS
Eligible Applicant: Owners or lessees of a qualified building may apply for credits, including
non-profit organizations. Federal, state and local governments are not eligible for tax credits.
Eligible Building: Buildings at least 30 years old at the time of application, located within a Designated
Downtown or Village Center, and not used as a single-family residence.
Minimum Expenditure: Total project costs must exceed $5,000 for any of the tiers of credits to apply.
Application Time Frames: Applicants are encouraged to apply before work begins; however, they
may apply for work that is underway. Projects completed before July 1, 2020 are not eligible.
Combining Credits: The 10% historic and 25% façade improvement credits may not be used on the
same project. The 50% code improvement credit may be combined with either the 10% historic or 25%
façade improvement credit, provided the applicant does not claim credits more than once on any
eligible expenditure. Applicants intending to use more than one category of credits must do so on a
single application.
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Maximum Amount: Projects within a single municipality may not receive more than $780,000 in tax
credits per fiscal year (30% of the total cap).
Limitations: Buildings receiving tax credits are ineligible for additional tax credits for two years from
the date of the initial allocation. The sales tax reallocation program for Designated Downtowns may
not be combined with any of the tax credits on the same project.
PRESERVATION STANDARDS AND DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
Projects funded through this program must meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation (see
Appendix C). The Downtown Board assumes that some alteration of older or historic buildings will occur to
provide for contemporary use. However, the project must not damage, destroy, or cover materials or features
that help define a building’s historic character. Projects using inappropriate man-made materials, that include
incompatible window replacements, or that damage, destroy or obscure historic features are ineligible for tax
credits. General design guidance is provided below.
Storefront Alterations: Historic storefronts should be repaired when possible. Where historic
storefronts were previously altered beyond recognition or are missing entirely, new storefronts should
be contemporary, but compatible. Justify changes to storefronts and provide photographs of areas to
be altered. Information should be provided on when the existing storefront was constructed; what the
existing physical conditions are; and, if a historical treatment is planned, on what evidence the
proposed new storefront designs are based. Storefront changes that alter the character of the structure
and its relationship with the street or that destroy historic materials may result in a project being
ineligible for tax credits.
New Windows: When historic windows exist, they should be repaired when possible. If they are
beyond reasonable repair, replacement windows must match the design, visual qualities, and
materials of the historic window. The quality of the match on street-facing sides of the building is more
important than the match on an obscured rear or side elevation. Installation of vinyl replacement
windows or inappropriate windows disqualifies an applicant from tax credits.
Interior Partitions and Finishes: When storefront alterations affect interior partitions, indicate the
existing condition of the interior area to be affected and document it with photographs. Show which
walls are to be removed or altered and note whether existing trim elements will be affected. Projects
should not change floor plans unnecessarily or expose masonry or structural members unless this
condition is supported by historic evidence.
Exterior Masonry Repair: Owners are encouraged to re-point only those portions of the masonry that
require repair. If determined necessary, indicate deteriorated areas that require repair and provide
evidence that re- pointing mortar will match the original in composition (i.e., ratio of lime, cement, sand
and any additives, color, texture, and tooling.) Mortars with high percentage of Portland cement may
not be acceptable as they are too hard for many old bricks and cause the bricks to crumble or spall.
Specifications and re-pointing samples should be reviewed and approved before proceeding with this
work.
Exterior Masonry Cleaning: Masonry should only be cleaned to halt deterioration or to remove graffiti
and stains. If cleaning is necessary, is must be done using the gentlest means possible without
damaging the surface of the masonry and in accordance with the guidance found in
Preservation Brief
1, The Cleaning and Waterproof Coating of Masonry Buildings. Specifications and test cleaning
samples should be reviewed and approved before proceeding with this work.
New Additions and New Construction: New exterior additions may alter the appearance and form of
historic buildings and may make projects ineligible. Similarly, new construction, including site work,
may affect the relationship of a building to its site or otherwise damage the historic character of the
property. Applicants should consult with Downtown Program staff before undertaking projects involving
additions.
Non-Historic Building Renovations: Work on buildings that are not historic does not need to
meet the Standards. However, work completed should be compatible with the surrounding
district. Applicants are encouraged to consult with Downtown Program staff in advance.
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STAFF SUPPORT AND SITE VISITS
Staff Support: Design guidance is general in nature because no single project is alike. For specific
advice on proposed changes, staff from the Downtown Program is available to meet on site and
discuss how the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation apply to individual projects. In
most instances, code work can be done without removing or damaging historic interior or exterior
features or materials. Downtown Program staff can assist owners with appropriate solutions to
common life safety and accessibility issues in historic buildings.
Site Visits: To schedule a meeting, email Caitlin Corkins at caitlin.corkins@vermont.gov or call 802-
828-3047. Depending on your community, you will also need to work with the Department of Public
Safety or a locally designated Fire Marshal and/or Building Inspector. Scheduling a joint meeting
with state or local code officials and Downtown Program staff is the best way for applicants to
identify appropriate design options that protect both life and safety and a building’s historic
character.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
Applications are due July 1, 2020 by close of business (4:30 pm). Applications should be submitted
electronically to Caitlin Corkins at caitlin.corkins@vermont.gov.
Faxed applications are not accepted;
however, applications may be submitted in hard copy by mailing them to the address listed on page 1. If you
are not able to gather required attachments due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, contact program staff to
discuss possible extensions.
Please note: The Downtown Board will not consider incomplete applications, applications with missing
attachments, or projects that do not meet the Standards for Rehabilitation.
REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS
1. Applicants must attach at least 1-2 images that show the front of the project building. E-mail digital files
to Caitlin Corkins at caitlin.corkins@vemont.gov
with the property address and view as the name of the
file, (e.g., 122 Main Street, SW.jpg).
2. For 10% Historic Credits, applicants must supply a Part 2 Certification from the National Park Service
indicating a federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit application has been submitted and
approved. Applicants should work with program staff to ensure the federal application is submitted
well in advance so that approval will be in hand at the time of application.
3. For 25% Façade Credits, applicants must submit additional photographs that clearly show all sides of
the building and its setting on the street before construction. Applicants should also include plans,
sketches and/or annotated photographs sufficiently detailed to show existing wall configurations and
anticipated changes to the building, such as elevations or floor plans. Photographs and plans should
be labeled with the property address and the view (e.g., 122 Main, SW elevation).
4. For 50% Code Credit applicants, provide evidence that you have met on site with a building inspector
from the Division of Fire Safety at the Department of Public Safety
or, where authorized, a municipal
fire marshal or building inspector to discuss the specific code requirements of the project. Typically, the
state or municipal code official documents site visits in a letter that identifies the work required to bring
the building into compliance. This letter is required with the application as it assures a final code
inspection and code compliance.
Note: If the project involves Brownfield Mitigation, you must additionally provide evidence that the
project is enrolled in the BRELLA program and has an approved Corrective Action Plan from the
Agency of Natural Resources.
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SCORING PROCESS AND TIEBREAKER POLICIES
In 2020, applications are due July 1, 2020 and allocation decisions will be made by the Downtown
Development Board (Downtown Board) at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on July 20, 2020.
Projects selected for funding must be completed and the applicant must claim the tax credit within three
years from the date of this allocation.
Selection Criteria: Tax credits are competitively allocated. The Downtown Board ranks projects
using its Competitive Criteria (see Appendix A). Applications are reviewed and scored in advance
of the meeting with results compiled by Downtown Program Staff. Results are then ratified at the
July Board meeting.
Funding Process and Minimum Score Requirement: Scores are tallied and ranked high to low.
Projects must score a minimum of 25 points (average derived from individual Board scores
divided by number of Board members scoring). Projects are typically funded in rank order until the
credits are exhausted; however, the Board may fund projects at its discretion.
Tie-breaker Policy: The Board will first consider the geographic distribution of applications to be
funded above the tied projects in that round of funding. They will award a bonus point to break the
tie for projects in counties (first) and/or communities (second) with no other projects funded in the
same round of funding. Should geographic distribution fail to break a tie, the Board will consider
the number of previous tax credits awarded to a project and/or applicant. They will award a bonus
point to break the tie for a project and/or applicant who has not received funding through the
program in the past. Should the above criteria fail to break a tie, the remaining tax credit available
will be divided between tied projects based on the percentage of each request.
AWARD ALTERNATES
During the annual July Board meeting, the Board will award funding as available. If requests
exceed funding, the Board will name 1-6 alternate projects. These will be those projects just below
the cut-off for available funds in that round.
Should substantial funding equaling more than half an applicant’s tax credit request become
available after the July meeting but before the end of the same calendar year, that project will be
offered a full or partial tax credit of these recaptured funds. Alternate projects will be funded in rank
order. Any partially funded project will be offered recaptured funds to match their full request before
the next project on the list is offered a partial award. Projects that are complete and have collected
their tax credit award will not be offered additional recaptured funds even if their initial request was
only partially funded.
If alternate projects are tied, staff may ask the Board to review applications of tied alternate
projects at a later Board meeting as funding becomes available, and to re-score alternate projects
using the same scoring criteria and then using the tie-breaker policy outlined above if necessary.
USING THE CREDITS
Claiming the credits: Tax credits may be used in the first tax year in which the project or an
identifiable phase of the project is complete (i.e. code upgrades or a sprinkler system installed,
inspected and in service). A copy of an approved tax credit certificate is submitted with the first tax
return following project completion and may be carried forward on subsequent returns until the
credits are exhausted or up to a maximum of nine years.
Bank or Insurance Credit Certificate: Applicants may request a credit allocation in the form of a
bank or insurance credit certificate. Banks or insurance companies may accept the certificate in
return for cash, or for adjustments to the rate or term of the applicant’s mortgage or loan, or
insurance premium related to an ownership or leasehold interest in the qualified building. Tax credit
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allocations may be converted into a credit certificate at any time following completion of the project;
however, the request must be in writing, show proof of project completion, and indicate the unused
credit balance. The dollar amount of the converted certificate is subject to the Tax Department’s
review and certification. To determine tax implications for sale of tax credits specific to your
circumstances, consult an accountant or tax attorney.
Expiration of the Credits: Applicants forfeit their credits if they do not complete a project and
claim the tax credit within three years from the date of its allocation.
RECAPTURE POLICIES
Funding awarded through this program may be recaptured in the following situations:
Sale of Property: the tax credit shall be recaptured should a property be sold before a project
awarded credits is completed. Once a project is complete and credits have been earned, there is
no penalty for sale or transfer of a property.
Good Standing: the tax credit may be forfeited if it is determined a project or applicant is
not eligible following an initial award, or if information provided in the application is found to
be inaccurate.
Project Inspection and Recapture: the State of Vermont reserves the right to make inspections at
any time up to five years after the completion of work and to recapture and/or reclaim from the
applicant the value of the credit, taken individually or via credit certificate for any of the following: if
it is determined information contained in this tax credit application was fraudulent; if work is not
completed or undertaken as presented in the application and supporting documentation; if further
alterations were made that do not meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation,
or if the property loses its federal “certified rehabilitation” status.
Liability for Recapture: The applicant remains responsible for any recapture penalty even if the
credit is sold to a bank or insurance company or if the property is sold. If a property is sold,
applicants should ensure that subsequent owners understand this provision and may want to seek
legal advice.
OTHER HELPFUL PROGRAMS
Federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit (RITC): In addition to Vermont’s Downtown and
Village Center tax credits, there are unlimited 20% federal tax credits that can be combined with
the state credit to maximize return on investment. In the past ten years, over 160 Vermont
projects earned over $35 million in federal tax credits. To qualify for the federal credit, buildings
must be income producing (not a private residence), must be historic (listed or eligible for listing
in the National Register of Historic Places), and the new investment must exceed the building’s
adjusted basis. In addition, changes must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards
as determined by the National Park Service (see Appendix A). For additional information about
this program and to learn if your project qualifies, email Caitlin Corkins at
caitlin.corkins@vermont.gov
or call 802-828-3047.
Federal Fire Sprinkler Incentive: Passed in 2018, the Fire Sprinkler Incentive is a limited-time
incentive that will allow the owners of commercial and residential structures to fully write off the full
cost of a new sprinkler system installed after September 27, 2017 until December 31, 2022.
Federal Accessibility Incentives: There are two tax incentives available to businesses to help cover
the cost of making access improvements. The first is a tax credit that may be use for building
adaptations, equipment acquisitions, and services such as sign language interpreters. The second
is a tax deduction that can be used for building or transportation adaptations.
Efficiency Vermont Incentives and Business Support: Vermont’s statewide energy efficiency utility,
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Efficiency Vermont invests time, money, and resources to help all Vermonters save energy. They
work with businesses of all sizes, across all industries, to provide energy services, incentives, and
personalized support to help businesses succeed. Contact our Adam or Allison at the business
customer service line at 855-317-2254 for more information.
Vermont Department of Public Safety Rebate: Designated Downtown applicants awarded sprinkler
credits are eligible for a rebate of up to $2,000 on construction permit fees. The fees for the entire
construction project are eligible. To qualify for the rebate, the sprinkler system must be a complete
automatic fire sprinkler system installed according to Department of Public Safety rules; the system
must receive Department of Public Safety final acceptance testing and approval; the system must
be installed in a building located within a Designated Downtown district (Village Centers are
ineligible); and the applicant must provide a letter to the Department of Public Safety stating that the
building is located within a designated downtown. If in any year, applications exceed $40,000, the
Department of Public Safety shall grant rebates according to the date the building was awarded a
state tax credit, with the earlier date receiving priority. To apply for a rebate, or for more information,
contact either the manager of your regional Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety
office or Nicole York at nicole.york@vermont.gov
or call 802-479-4434.
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APPENDIX A: PROGRAM SCORING CRITERIA
All applications are scored based on three scoring criteria that correspond to sections of the program
application. Projects must score a minimum of 25 points (average derived from individual Board scores
divided by number of Board members scoring) to receive funding.
1. Project Scope and Timeline: 0-7 points
Board members will refer to Section 5 of the application and consider the following questions.
a. Does the project scope clearly explain the work, uses, and outcomes of the project?
b. Is the project timeline feasible/realistic?
c. If applicable, are required permits in hand?
d. If the project is phased, are the phases logical and well-defined?
The following standards will be used to evaluate and score projects:
0-1 points
Poor: incomplete information, scope of project is not clear, permits are not identified
2-3 points
Fair: complete information, but scope of project is not well defined, or permits/approvals
needed are not identified
4-6 points
Good: information is complete, project scope is clear, and all permits/approvals are in
process
7 points
Excellent: scope of project is well defined, including applicable phases, and all
permits/approvals are in hand
2. Project Budget: 0-12 points
Board members will refer to Section 6 of the application and consider the following questions.
a. Is the proposed budget logical and well-conceived?
b. Does the budget match the scope of the project?
c. Is the project based on credible construction costs?
d. Will a state tax credit award leverage other private/public funding?
e. Is there a financial gap and if so, will the credit allow the project to proceed?
The following standards will be used to evaluate and score projects:
0-2 points
Poor: incomplete information, budget does not match scope of work
3-6 points
Fair: information is complete but shows discrepancies or a financial gap larger than credit
request, with no additional funding sources
7-10 points
Good: information is complete, and budget is clear with funding sources defined
11-
12 points
Excellent: budget is clear, project funding, aside from requested tax credits, is in hand and
will allow the project to effectively leverage a tax credit award
3. Public Benefit: 0-17 points
Board members will refer to Section 7 of the application consider the following questions.
a. Will the project meet the identified needs of the local community?
b. Does the project involve rehabilitation of a vacant or underutilized building?
c. Will the project attract a new business, create jobs, or fill a need for housing?
d. Will the project have long-term positive impacts in the community?
e. Does the project help further local revitalization goals or initiatives?
f. Are there partners/others who will benefit if this project goes forward?
The following standards will be used to evaluate and score projects:
0-4 points
Poor: applicant does not identify needs the project will address and/or the impacts of the
project
5-9 points
Fair: applicant identifies a need met by the project (a-c) but not impacts (d-f) or vice versa
10-
14 points
Good: applicant addresses how project will address at least one identified community
need and identifies at least one positive impact as defined in questions a-f
15-
17 points
Excellent: applicant identifies how project will address multiple needs and have multiple
impacts as defined in questions a-f and includes data/facts to back up any needs met, or
impacts made by the project
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APPENDIX B: SAMPLE CREDIT CALCULATIONS
Sample #1:
A project combining 50% Code Improvement Credits and 10% Historic Rehabilitation Credits
Total qualified expenditures are $500,000. This includes $320,000 of general historic rehabilitation costs,
$120,000 for installation of an elevator, and $60,000 for upgrades to the sprinkler system.
10% Historic Credit Actual/Estimated Costs approved by NPS
320,000
Costs up to $500,000 x .1
32,000
Costs over $500,000 x .05
Subtotal Historic Credits
32,000
25% Façade Credit (max $25,000) Total Façade Costs
Subtotal Façade Credits (Total Costs x .25)
50% Elevator Credit (max $75,000)
Total Elevator Costs
120,000
50% LULA Credit (max $60,000) Total LULA Costs
50% Lift Credit (max $12,000) Total Lift Costs
50% Sprinkler Credit (max $50,000)
Total Sprinkler Costs
60,000
Subtotal Elevator/Sprinkler Credits (Total Costs x
.5)
90,000
50% Other Code Credit (max
$50,000)
Total Fire Prevention Costs
Total Electrical Costs
Total Plumbing Costs
Total ADA Costs
Total Hazard Abatement Costs
Total Brownfield Mitigation Costs*
Subtotal Other Code Credits (Total Costs x .5)
GRAND TOTAL CREDITS REQUESTED
122,000
Half of the $180,000 investment in the sprinkler and elevator work is qualified for the 50% Code
Improvement Credit ($120,000 elevator costs +$60,000 sprinkler system upgrades = $180,000 x .5 =
90,000).
The remaining $320,000 in qualified expenditures is eligible for the 10% historic tax credit.
Total project cost is $510,000, but $10,000 of these costs is for landscaping and parking lot improvements
and is not eligible for state or federal benefits.
Additionally, costs associated with the sprinkler and elevator system must be subtracted from the Historic
Credit as they are eligible for the higher percentage Code Credit.
The credit request on the $510,000 project is $122,000 in state credits.
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Sample #2:
A project combining 25% Façade Credit with 50% Code Improvement Credits
Total qualified expenditures are $175,000. This includes an estimated $20,000 for the installation of a
sprinkler system; $110,000 for other code improvements (installation of a fire alarm system, ADA
bathrooms, and asbestos abatement), and $55,000 restoration of the building’s storefront, 2
nd
and 3
rd
floor windows, and cornice.
10% Historic Credit Actual/Estimated Costs approved by NPS
Costs up to $500,000 x .1
Costs over $500,000 x .05
Subtotal Historic Credits
25% Façade Credit (max $25,000) Total Façade Costs
55,000
Subtotal Façade Credits (Total Costs x .25)
13,750
50% Elevator Credit (max $75,000) Total Elevator Costs
50% LULA Credit (max $60,000)
Total LULA Costs
50% Lift Credit (max $12,000) Total Lift Costs
50% Sprinkler Credit (max $50,000)
Total Sprinkler Costs
20,000
Subtotal Elevator/Sprinkler Credits (Total Costs x
.5)
10,000
50% Other Code Credit (max
$50,000)
Total Fire Prevention Costs
40,000
Total Electrical Costs
Total Plumbing Costs
Total ADA Costs
20,000
Total Hazard Abatement Costs
50,000
Total Brownfield Mitigation Costs*
Subtotal Other Code Credits (Total Costs x .5)
50,000
GRAND TOTAL CREDITS REQUESTED
73,750
Other code expenditures exceed the cap in this category by $10,000 therefore the worksheet reflects a
total other code credit of $50,000 which is the cap.
In this example $15,000 the project also budgeted for a new roof, but this is ineligible for tax credits as it is
neither a code or façade improvement.
The total credit request on the $200,000 project is $73,750
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APPENDIX C: SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR’S STANDARDS FOR REHABILITATION
The Standards are to be applied to specific rehabilitation projects in a reasonable manner, taking into
consideration economic and technical feasibility. The Standards apply to historic buildings of all
materials, types, and sizes. They apply to both the exterior and the interior of historic buildings as well
as attached, adjacent or related new construction.
1. A property shall be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires
minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.
2. The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic
materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.
3. Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place and use. Changes that
create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or
architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.
4. Most properties change over time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in
their own right shall be retained and preserved.
5. Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that
characterize a property shall be preserved.
6. Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of
deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old
in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities and, where possible, materials.
Replacement of missing features shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial
evidence.
7. Chemical or physical treatments (such as sandblasting) that cause damage to historic
materials shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be
undertaken using the gentlest means possible.
8. Significant archeological resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If
such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.
9. New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic
materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and
shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the
historic integrity of the property and its environment.
10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner
that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its
environment would be unimpaired.
Click here
for more details on applying the Standards to specific situations.
You are also encouraged to contact Caitlin Corkins at caitlin.corkins@vermont.gov
or 802-828-
3047 to discuss specific project details and meeting the Standards before work begins.
https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/rehabilitation.htm
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2020 Downtown and Village Center Tax Credit Program Application
Please complete all sections of this application using only the space provided on this form. See Section 8 on
page 5 for a list of required attachments which must be submitted with the application. If you are not able to
gather required attachments due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, contact program staff to discuss possible
extensions. Application forms are due July 1, 2020. Copies of funded applications may be shared with the
Vermont Department of Taxes.
SECT
ION 1: APPLICANT/OWNER INFORMATION
NAME OF OWNER/LESSOR
LAST 4 DIGITS OF TAXPAYER ID
BUILDING ADDRESS
MAILING ADDRESS OF OWNER/LESSOR
DAYTIME PHONE & E-MAIL
CONTACT NAME & PHONE & E-MAIL IF DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE
SECT
ION 2: TAX CREDIT REQUEST SUMMARY
Fill in values in Section 2 by transferring totals from the tax credit calculations worksheet on page 4.
AMOUNT OF 10% HISTORIC CREDIT REQUESTED
AMOUNT OF 25% FACADE CREDIT REQUESTED
AMOUNT OF 50% ELEVATOR CREDIT REQUESTED
AMOUNT OF 50% LULA CREDIT REQUESTED
AMOUNT OF 50% LIFT CREDIT REQUESTED
AMOUNT OF 50% SPRINKLER CREDIT REQUESTED
AMOUNT OF 50% OTHER CODE CREDIT REQUESTED
TOTAL CREDITS REQUESTED
SE
CTION 3: BANK OR INSURANCE CREDIT CERTIFICATE INFORMATION
State tax credits may be assigned (sold) to a bank or insurance company. If you would like credits issued as
a Credit Certificate, complete this section. Note: This information is typically provided when projects are
complete. To determine tax implications for sale of tax credits specific to your circumstances, consult an
accountant or tax attorney.
BANK NAME OR INSURANCE COMPANY NAME
ADDRESS, STATE, ZIP CODE
CONTACT NAME
CONTACT PHONE & E-MAIL
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SECTION 4: BUILDING INFORMATION
The information in this section is collected to provide data on program outcomes. Please complete all items.
Date of Building
Grand List Value
Property SPAN #
Original/historic use(s) of the building
Current use(s) of the building
Square Feet: Before After
Housing Units: Before
After
Commercial Units: Before
After
SECTION 5: PROJECT SCOPE/TIMELINE
Please briefly describe the scope of your project. What work will be completed? What will the building be
used for? What changes/improvements will be made to accommodate new/expanded/improved uses?
Const
ruction Start Date (month/year):
Estimated Construction Completion Date (month/year):
Most projects require some type of local or state review or permitting. Please list any permits and/or
approvals required for your project and when they will be in hand.
If appl
icable, briefly identify project phases:
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SECTION 6: PROJECT BUDGET
A.
Funding Sources
Please include all funding sources for the project. This includes private financing and bank loans, other
tax credit equity, and any private or public grants or loans. Note if the funding is in hand, committed or
planned at the time of application.
Funding Source
Status of Funding
Amount
Total Project Funding
Please briefly list any partners both public and private involved in this project. For example, municipal
partners, non-profit organizations, business owners/tenants, schools etc.
B.
Project Budget Summary
Complete this chart based on estimated or actual costs. At minimum please include materials and labor
costs. Other budget categories might include soft costs, contingencies etc. Ideally costs will align with the
project scope described in Section 5. Do not attach any receipts or estimates. However, if funded, retain
these records in the event of an audit by the Vermont Tax Department.
Project Costs (please itemize)
Total Cost (labor and materials)
Total Project Cost
Funding Gap (if any) and explanation:
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C.
Tax Credit Calculation
Use this worksheet to complete Section 2 of the application on page 1. Note, most credit tiers have
caps. Historic credits cannot be combined with Façade credits (see sample calculations in the Program
Guidelines document pages 8-9).
10% Historic Credit Actual/Estimated Costs approved by NPS
Costs up to $500,000 x .1
Costs over $500,000 x .05
Subtotal Historic Credits
25% Façade Credit (max $25,000) Total Façade Costs
Subtotal Façade Credits (Total costs x .25)
50% Elevator Credit (max $75,000) Total Elevator Costs
50% LULA Credit (max $60,000) Total LULA Costs
50% Lift Credit (max $12,000) Total Lift Costs
50% Sprinkler Credit (max $50,000) Total Sprinkler Costs
Subtotal Elevator/Sprinkler Credits (Total costs x .5)
50% Other Code Credit (max $50,000)
Total Fire Prevention Costs
Total Electrical Costs
Total Plumbing Costs
Total ADA Costs
Total Hazard Abatement Costs
Total Brownfield Mitigation Costs*
Subtotal Other Code Credits (Total costs x .5)
GRAND TOTAL CREDITS REQUESTED
*Must be enrolled in the BRELLA program and have an approved Corrective Action Plan from the Agency of Natural Resources
Budget Narrative: Please describe how your budget numbers were compiled. For example, do you have
estimates/quotes from contractors or cost estimators? Have you worked with an architect or consultant?
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SECTION 7: PUBLIC BENEFIT
Please describe how this project will meet a need in your community and have a long-lasting positive impact.
For example, how will the project meet the needs of your community? Does it involve rehabilitation of a vacant
or underutilized building? Does it help further local revitalization efforts? Will the project create jobs, attract a
new business, or fill a need for housing? Will it have wider economic impact? Please reference applicable
data and/or planning documents such as municipal or regional plans to demonstrate needs and impacts.
SECTION 8: REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS
1.
E-mail at least 1-2 photographs that show the front of your building. Label these images with the
name of your building and its location.
2.
For 10% Historic Credit applicants, submit a copy of the Part 2 RITC cover sheet signed by NPS.
3.
For 25% Façade Credit applicants, e-mail additional labeled photographs that clearly show all sides
of the building and its setting on the street before construction. Applicants should also include plans
and/or explanation sufficiently detailed to show existing conditions and anticipated changes, e.g.,
elevations, floor plans, sketches, or annotated photographs.
4.
For 50% Code Credit applicants, provide evidence that you have met on site with a building inspector
from the Division of Fire Safety at the Department of Public Safety or, where authorized, a municipal
fire marshal or building inspector to discuss the specific code requirements of the project. Typically,
the state or municipal code official documents site visits in a letter that identifies the work required to
bring the building into compliance. This letter is required with the application as it assures a final code
inspection and code compliance.
Note: If the project involves Brownfield Mitigation, you must provide evidence that the project is
enrolled in the BRELLA program and has an approved Corrective Action Plan from the Agency of
Natural Resources.
If you are not able to gather any of the required attachments due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, contact
program staff to discuss possible extensions. Completed applications are due July 1, 2020 by 4:30 pm.
Please email application forms to Caitlin Corkins at caitlin.corkins@vermont.gov
.
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SECTION 9: SIGNATURE PAGE
Please check each box indicating that you understand and will comply with the following provisions.
Qualified Applicant: I certify I own or lease the property described in this application.
Qualified Project: I certify the subject building is at least 30 years old as of this date, is within a
Designated Downtown or Village Center, and is not used solely as a single-family residence.
Good Standing: I certify that I am in “good standing” with respect to, or in full compliance with a plan to
pay any and all taxes due to the Vermont Department of Taxes.
Project Inspection and Recapture: I understand the State of Vermont reserves the right to make
inspections at any time up to five years after the completion of work and to recapture and/or reclaim
from the applicant the value of the credit, taken individually or via credit certificate for any of the
following: if it is determined information contained in this tax credit application was fraudulent; if work
is not completed or undertaken as presented in the application and supporting documentation; if
further alterations were made that do not meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for
Rehabilitation, or if the property loses its federal “certified rehabilitation” status. I understand that I am
responsible for this penalty if the property is sold or conveyed within the compliance period.
Credit Expiration: I understand that the tax credits shall be forfeited if the project is not complete
and no credits have been claimed within three years from the date of the allocation award.
Earning the credit: I understand the tax credit allocation may be used in the first tax year in which
the project is complete. I understand that if the actual qualified rehabilitation expenditures are less
than that stated in the application; the tax credit is accordingly adjusted to the lesser amount.
Sale of the credits: I understand that I am responsible for any tax liability incurred as a result of the
sale of Vermont state tax credits to a bank or insurance company.
Use of Application Materials: I understand that all application materials, including photographs,
become the property of the State of Vermont and may be used or reproduced without permission.
Certification: Under penalties of perjury, I declare that the information I have provided, to the best
of my knowledge and belief, is true, correct, and complete.
Print Name
Applicant Signature Date
STAFF USE ONLY
Downtown Board Authorized Signature Date
Fiscal Year: 2021 Award Date:
Phase I
Phase II (if needed)
Phase III (if needed)
Phase IV (if needed)
10% Historic Credit
25% Façade Credit
50% Code Credit
Total Unclaimed
Allocated per phase
Total Allocated
Tax Credit
Certificate
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