Benefits and Obligations of Landmark Designation

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Littleton’s historic neighborhoods and structures contribute to Littleton’s special character and generate pride in the community. Preservation of historic resources is a priority in Littleton, and as a way to encourage landmark designation, incentives are available to property owners.

Tax Credits

  • Federal Historic Tax Credits are available for income-producing properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For information, visit Federal Historic Tax Credit
  • State Income Tax Credits are available for
    • state and local designate historic landmarks, and
    • contributing buildings in designated local historic districts.
      For information, visit State Income Tax Credit
  • Littleton Property Tax Refund is available for
    • designated historic landmarks—100 percent refund
    • properties in designated historic districts—50 percent refund
      Note that tax refunds are not available for properties in the Main Street Historic District.
  • Sales/Use Tax Waiver is available at time of building permit issuance for building materials incorporated into the front façade of a designed historic landmark or property in a designated historic district.

Grant Programs

  • Colorado State Historical Fund grants are available to property owners with designated historic landmarks on the local, state and/or historic register. Property owners must apply through the city. For information, visit State Historic Fund
  • Main Street Historic District Grants are available to property owners and tenants with properties in the Main Street Historic District. Visit Main Street Historic District Grant Program to view annual deadlines and applications.


  • Upon Designation of a Historic Landmark, owners receive a plaque from the city to display on their landmark.

Obligations for Property Owners with Landmark Properties

  •  Exterior Modifications and Additions Require City Approval
    • Minor changes are administratively approved
    • Major changes are approved by the Historical Preservation Board
    • Exterior maintenance and interior work does not require approval
  • Upkeep and Maintenance
    • Owners of designated historic properties are required to keep up with maintenance of the structure and the landmarked property.