Incentives


The Downtown Dover Partnership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing our Historic Downtown Business District. The DDP works hand in hand with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center and the Downtown Dela-ware Main Street Initiative to create a variety of programs that serve to improve our district.

Our programs include:
  • A variety of financial incentives
  • Small Business Development Workshops
  • Small Business Loans in conjunction with the US SBA
  • Facade Grants to down- town property owners for exterior improvements to their buildings
  • Special events and activities to nurture the community at large
WHAT PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE?
  • New construction or renovation projects
  • Located within the target area
  • Fair market value of the materials to be used and the labor to be performed on the project exceeds the sum of $15,000
  • Is for commercial, office or a residential use
WHAT IS THE TARGET AREA?
  • The geographic boundaries of the downtown redevelopment area are defined in the Dover Code and include the Business Improvement District.
  • The Dover Code can be accessed at http://www.cityofdover.com select Quick Links—Municipal Code
A map of the target area is provided on rear panel of this brochure.

WHAT ARE THE INCENTIVES?
  • Waiver of Permit Fees
    • Building, plumbing, mechanical & fire protection
  • Impact Fee Waiver
    • Requires multiple story new construction or renovation on one lot
    • Combination of retail, office, residential or commercial services (at least two)
    • Waiver of City sewer and water impact fees
  • Property Tax Waiver
    • 10-year waiver of property tax on improvements
    • 10-year period begins with building permit issuance
  • Contribution to Downtown Dover Partnership
    • 10 % of the value of incentives must be contributed to the DDP
A detailed description of these incentives and the redevelopment target area can be found in the Dover Code, Appendix C

DDP INCENTIVES