Building Improvement Program Before & After

Town of Bel Air Building Improvement Program

The goal of the Bel Air Building Improvement Program is to improve the exterior and interior appearance of buildings in the Town’s commercial areas in order to attract new businesses, maintain existing businesses and make Bel Air a desirable place for individuals and families to shop, conduct business and reside.

The program awards matching funds based on a competitive process, for upgrades and improvements of building exteriors and interiors. Funds may be used to pay for labor, materials and design, permitting fees for improvements such as, but not limited to, exterior and interior painting, refacing, masonry pointing, window and door replacement, awnings, signage and restoration to original appearance or finishes. This funding can also be used to make improvements to the interior of the building as well, including painting, flooring, and more.

Improvements which qualify for funding through the Program, but are not considered capital improvements, must remain on the property and be maintained for seven years. Improvements considered capital improvements must remain on the property and be maintained for a minimum of fifteen years. A capital improvement is defined as the addition of a permanent structural change or the restoration of some aspect of a property that will enhance the property’s overall value, increase its useful life or adapt it to new uses. Failure to comply will result in reimbursement by the applicant to the Program for utilized funds on a prorated basis, except in the case of a written agreement between all of the parties. Landscaping will not be eligible for funding. An approved list of architects, contractors and/or design professionals will not be specifically identified in order to foster an atmosphere of fairness and objectivity.

All completed applications can be sent as a PDF to jenny@downtownbelair.com.

The updated deadline for these changes is June 2024 instead of June 2023.