KINGSTON – New Hampshire’s old barns and agricultural out-buildings are a quintessential part of the state’s historic landscape and a lasting symbol of our rural heritage.
If you have a barn or other farm building that is at least 75 years old you should be aware that the State of NH has a mechanism to encourage the preservation of these buildings by authorizing municipalities to grant property tax relief to owners. State Law, RSA 79-D, allows you to apply to the Board of Selectmen to grant a discretionary preservation easement. As long as you can meet certain public benefit criteria and agree to preserve the structure for at least 10 years, you can be granted tax relief within a range of 25% to 75% of the structure’s assessed value. Maintaining and repairing the building will not result in an increase in its assessed value for property tax purposes. The deadline for applications for this program is April 15th.
For more information about the program, please visit the Heritage Commission homepage on the Town’s website at www.kingstonnh.org/heritagecommission or the New Hampshire Preservation website at HTTPS://nhpreservation.org/old-barn-resources-overview . Application packages and additional information are available in the office of the Selectmen.