Financial Incentives

Federal studies have indicated that the creation of a historic district can be the catalyst for significant private investment in neighborhoods. Historic designation has proven to stabilize and/or increase property values.

Programs for Designated Historic Properties


The following programs are for designated historic properties, available as funding permits:
  • Annual Historic Preservation Grant Program administered by the City of Aurora: A reimbursable matching grant program for eligible historic preservation projects. Application deadline for the Fall 2015 Cycle is Friday, November 20, 2015. Access the application and guidelines (PDF).
  • Tax assessment freeze program for certified rehab program, administered by the State of Illinois call 217-785-4512 for more information.
  • Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program: Provides for a 20% tax credit for the substantial rehabilitation of an income producing property that is certified as historic. The credit may be subtracted directly from the federal income taxes owed by the owner.
  • Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Program: Provides a 25% tax credit for the substantial rehabilitation of an income producing property that is certified as historic and which is also located in a River Edge Redevelopment Zone.
For more information about these programs, contact Planning and Zoning at 630-256-3080.


Quotes From Property Owners


Property owners in Aurora's Historic Districts have stated:
  • "The history, beauty, and elegance of old Aurora are represented by the buildings. The energy, enthusiasm and spirit of community of contemporary Aurora are represented by the people who live in that neighborhood."
  • "I like the idea that my neighborhood will have the same character fifty years from now as it does today."
  • "My property value will be maintained or increased because of the historic designation."