The Mills Act Application was intended to be prepared and submitted by the property owner. To avoid any additional costs or confusion, staff is available to help you through the application process and answer any questions you may have.
For more information, please contact Jamie Kennedy at 619-446-5445 or [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!
Informational Handout provides information on the Mills Act program, eligibility and application requirements, contract conditions, and fees.
Council Policy 700-46 outlines the San Diego City Council's policy on the Mills Act program.
Mills Act Application is required for all Mills Act requests.
DSD HAS MOVED! Our new mailing address is:
Attn: Mills Act Coordinator
101 Ash St., Suite 1200
San Diego, CA 92101
Please mail your application or contact Jamie Kennedy to submit your application Jan 1 – Mar 31 annually. The original signed Application FORM and CHECK must be submitted in person or mailed. ATTACHMENTS may be emailed to [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
How much will I save on my property taxes?
The amount you save will depend on your property's location, size and comparable rents in the area. The value continues to be assessed by the County Tax Assessor's office using a formula and procedures contained in state law. Property tax reductions result when the property tax amount that is based on the Mills Act value is compared to the previous property tax amount. The savings vary from property to property, and have ranged from 20% to 70% based on the County Tax Assessor's property valuations in accordance with the state law formula. Properties that have been under the same ownership for a long time (e.g., pre-Prop. 13), where the property taxes are already low compared to homes sold at the peak of the market, will most likely not benefit from the Mills Act.
What is the term of the Mills Act agreement?
The terms of Mills Act agreements are established by state law. The initial term of the agreement is ten years. The agreement is automatically renewed each year for an additional year, and changes the expiration date so that 10 years is still left in the term of the agreement. The agreement will thus continue in effect indefinitely unless notice is served by either party for the automatic renewals to stop. If either party serves notice for the automatic renewals to stop, the agreement will expire on the agreement's current expiration date, which would be about ten years after the notice is recorded.