Dover's Downtown Development District


On January 11, 2015, Governor Markell announced Dover's designation as one of three Downtown Development Districts. Property owners in the designated Downtown Development District will be eligible for a variety of incentives from the State, Kent County, the City of Dover, and the Downtown Dover Partnership. The most valuable of these incentives is a rebate of 20% of the construction costs from the State of Delaware for qualifying construction projects over $25,000. The County will match a portion of the State's rebate, and the City will offer a variety of incentives relating to permit fees, impact fees, property taxes, transfer taxes, and business license fees. The Downtown Dover Partnership will provide assistance with architectural fees. More details about these incentives will be forthcoming. Check back soon!

Public Information Sessions to Learn about Dover's Downtown Development District Program

City of Dover Downtown Development District Incentives and Information

Architectural and Facade Grants 2-8-17

Contact List

Downtown Development District Program Overview 3-31-2016

Downtown Incentives 3-31-2016

Historic Property Tax Credits 3-31-2016

Homeownership Incentives 3-31-2016

City of Dover Downtown Development Resources

Dover's Downtown Development District Interactive Map

Overview of Downtown Development Incentives (PDF Document)

City of Dover and Downtown Dover Partnership Incentive Applications

City of Dover Downtown Incentive Application

Downtown Dover Partnership Incentive Application

City of Dover Historic Property Tax Credit Application

Links to State Agency Downtown Development Resources

Delaware State Housing Authority Releases DDD Grant Information

Office of State Planning Coordination Downtown Development District Page

Delaware's Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program

Other Downtown Development District Information

Downtown Development District Application

Governor Markell's Designation Announcement

For more information, contact the Planning Office at(302) 736-7196 ,, or

This page will continue to be under construction as we develop materials related to the Downtown Development District program and the City's incentives related to this program. We will also provide links to other incentives provided by the State of Delaware and Kent County. Please check back, as new information will be added when it becomes available.