Mills Act

The Mills Act is State-sponsored legislation that grants the City of Eureka the ability to directly participate in a local historic preservation incentive program. It supports rehabilitating historic property including seismic safety retrofitting, contributing to affordable housing, promoting heritage tourism and fostering pride of historic property ownership.

A Mills Act Contract under State law is an agreement between the City of Eureka and the property owner of a qualified historic property. The property owner benefits from a reduction in property taxes and the City is ensured that the historic property is maintained and improved.

A qualified historic property meets all following criteria:

  • The property is located entirely within the City of Eureka.
  • The property is privately owned.
  • The property is not exempt from property taxation.
  • The property is individually listed on the City of Eureka's Local Register of Historic Places.

Please call 707-441-4160 to learn more.