Staff with knowledge of historic resources in Sarasota County have been reviewing developments for potential impacts to significant historic and archaeological resources since the 1980's.
This review process was formalized in the historic preservation chapter of the Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan prior to the adoption of an ordinance that addressed historic and archaeological resource protection in 1995.
In 1997 two additional pieces of legislation were passed; one creating the Sarasota County Historic Preservation Board and a process for historically designating significant historic resources, and the other an ad-valorem tax exemption for qualifying projects on historically designated buildings and structures.
How to apply for the Ad-Valorem Tax Exemption
In order to apply for an Ad-Valorem Tax Exemption, a pre-construction application needs to be completed.
Due to the unique attributes of historic buildings and the complexity of most preservation projects a meeting with staff is recommended before the completion of an Ad-Valorem Tax Exemption application form.
Please call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for the manager of Sarasota County Historical Resources.