In 1999, the Legislature created the Renaissance Zone program under N.D.C.C. ch. 40-63. The purpose of the program is to revitalize communities in our state and encourage development through tax incentives.
What is the Renaissance Zone program?
The Renaissance Zone program is a tool to help cities revitalize their communities. By offering both state and local tax incentives for 5 years, both residents and business owners are provided with an incentive to invest in the community. The program is unique in that cities develop handcrafted development plans that address each city's specific goals.
The size of the zone is dependent upon the size of the city applying for the Renaissance zone. For communities with a population under 5000, a Renaissance Zone may consist of an area of up to contiguous 23 blocks. For communities of more than five thousand population, the defined geographical area may exceed 23 blocks up to a maximum of 38 blocks, based on one additional block for each additional five thousand population.
The Renaissance Zone must have both residential and commercial properties. Several activities qualify as a project including:
- Purchase (New Construction)
- Leasehold Improvements
- Public Utility Infrastructure.
A Renaissance Zone can be a very important and beneficial tool for community redevelopment and economic investment if properly developed, implemented, and managed. It is crucial that a request to designate a Renaissance Zone is not looked upon simply as a method to provide tax exemptions and credits. The community as a whole needs to be involved in creating a zone and the projects that are approved for the zone need to clearly relate to the long term broader development plans of the city. Local planning and a well thought out and designed Development Plan are keys to success for both the program and the community.
To apply for a Renaissance Zone, a city must first have a locally adopted comprehensive or strategic plan in place. It must then create a Development Plan. We would love to walk you through the application process, and meet with your city to discuss the program! Please submit your contact information here and we will get in touch with you.
Request for Certificate of Good Standing from the Tax Department (link)
To obtain a Renaissance Zone Certificate of Good Standing for state tax purposes, please complete this form. Submit completed form to:
Individual Income Tax Section
Office of State Tax Commissioner
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 127
Bismarck ND 58505-0599
Or fax request to: 701.328.1942
Please note, Certificates must be submitted to Commerce within 3 months of issue date.
Business Incentive Agreements (link)
Tax Department (link)
Development Plan Form
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ND Renaissance Zone Program guidelines
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RZ & TIF Report
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Report required for properties located in both a Renaissance Zone and TIF District.
Project Application Form
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City Contact List
For information about the program contact Andrea Holl Pfennig at (701) 328-2687.
For tax related questions, contact Lorie Bowker at (701) 328-1296.
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Contact information for each city's Renaissance Zone official.