City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 010224
City of Long Beach Offers Financial Incentives for Historic Property Preservation
Application period for qualified property owners now available
Rick de la Torre
Community Information Officer
Community Development Department

Photo of outside of Spanish style historic property in Long Beach with large green tree in front and green and blue trim on front door and windows.

Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Community Development Department (Department) is opening the 2024 application cycle for its Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program (Mills Act), an economic incentive program for designated historic properties in the city. The Mills Act application and guide is available to the public on the Department website now through Friday, March 1, 2024. 

“Long Beach endures in its commitment to preserving the city’s rich heritage and maintaining the unique buildings that reflect the character and diversity of Long Beach,” said Mayor Rex Richardson. “In addition to helping protect historic homes, the Mills Act also provides qualified property owners with substantial tax savings each year.” 

Historic district property owners, owners of individual properties outside of the districts that have been designated as historic landmarks, and those who believe their property could be historic and are willing to landmark the property, are all encouraged to learn more about eligibility and potential tax savings to consider whether to apply. Detailed information regarding eligibility and process can be found on the City’s Mills Act webpage.

Those who wish to submit an application to be considered for the 2024 Mills Act incentive program are required to attend two public workshops to learn more. Those interested in attending are requested to RSVP in advance. Interpretation services will be available in Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog upon request. The Department will also share promotional videos in various languages on the Department’s webpage and social media channels.

Pre-Application Workshop (In Person)
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, 10 a.m. to noon
Ernest McBride Park & Cal Rec Community Center
1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
RSVP online to attend.

Application Workshop (Virtual)
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, 10 a.m. to noon
Register online to receive meeting details.

All potential applicants or their representatives must attend the January 2024 pre-application workshop to determine eligibility and learn about the process for preparing an application. Eligible applicants interested in proceeding with the application process must then attend the February 2024 application workshop for their applications to be considered. 

The Mills Act application and a non-refundable processing fee must be submitted by the March 1, 2024, deadline to be considered for the Program. The applications will be reviewed by the Cultural Heritage Commission and then forwarded to the City Council for final action. Final property tax contracts will be sent to the Los Angeles County Recorder on or before Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2024. 

For questions about the Mills Act Program, please call 562.570.6194 or email

About the City of Long Beach
Long Beach is nestled along the Southern California coast and home to approximately 466,000people. As an award-winning full-service charter city, Long Beach offers the amenities of a metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods, culture and community. With a bustling downtown and over six miles of scenic beaches, Long Beach is a renowned tourist and business destination and home to the iconic Queen Mary, nationally recognized Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Airport, award-winning Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and world-class Port of Long Beach.

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