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Form Title:

Exemptions for Historical Buildings

Description:

Application for Tax Concessions as it relates to:

  1. Real Property Tax Exemption;and
  2. Duty Free Exemption

Prerequisite:

Building must be registered on the National Register of Historic Buildings

Attachments:

See below

Instructions:

1.
Please ensure that you have completed all sections of this form and have attached all supporting documents to ensure there is no delay in the processing of your application.
2.
Please note that the completed form is to be submitted to the Ministry of Finance. (See address below)
3.
Question 3 -Applicants should provide good, clear photographs to describe the building or site and its surroundings before improvement. Polaroid photographs will not be accepted. Photographs should be numbered, dated and labeled with property name, the view (e.g. east side) and a brief description of the view. Photographs should be keyed to the application narrative and sketch map where appropriate.
4.
Question 5 -In deciding whether a building is occupied, vacant or abandoned, a structure is considered occupied if the space therein is occupied for a minimum period of one month per year. A vacant structure is one that is habitable but is temporarily unoccupied. An abandoned building is a structure that is either habitable or inhabitable that has not been continuously occupied for a period of three years or more. The authority will give consideration to the following;(a) the physical condition of the building; (b) the period of non-use; (c) where there had been any other intervening use; and (d) the owner's intention.
5.
Question 7 -It is recognized that there may be cases of multiple resources (i.e. buildings, structures, objects, etc.) located within a property where all of the same do not have historic merit. Contributing resources are those that have been deemed to have historic merits. Although non-contributing resources may not have historic merits they sometimes make up an essential part of the overall historic entity and should be listed in the space provided.
6.
Question 8 -Information provided in response to Question 8 should include a detailed description of the restoration, renovation or rehabilitation works being proposed. For buildings, begin by describing site work, following by work on the exterior, including new construction and finally work on the interior, as applicable.
7.
Question 9A -A building permit and approval of the Town Planning Committee is required for any material change (modification, addition, demolition, etc.) to the exterior of a building whether the building is an historic structure or not. The Special projects Committee of the Ministry of Finance will review all applications, and the Special Architectural Committee must review applications for sites in the Historic Nassau area.
8.
Question 9B -Application should be made for Approval in Principle for more complex proposals and should follow preliminary discussions with the Planning Department.

Fee:

None

Form:


FAQs

Contact:

FINANCE, MINISTRY OF
CECIL WALLACE-WHITFIELD CENTRE
WEST BAY STREET
P. O. Box N-3017
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
mofgeneral@bahamas.gov.bs
http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/finance



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