Benefits for Owners

In an effort to preserve the Town’s significant historic structures on private property, the Town has recently approved new programs/rules that incentivize property owners to preserve and maintain their historic buildings. Typically, a historic structure is considered significant if demonstrates one or more of the following:

  • Is associated with a life, group of properties or a major person importance to Jupiter;
  • Is associated with a historic event with significant effect;
  • Exemplifies the historic, political or cultural trends of Jupiter;
  • Is associated in a significant way with a past or continuing institution that contributed to the life of the Town;
  • Embodies a distinguishing architectural style, period or method of construction;
  • Is an historic or outstanding work of a prominent architect or builder.  


The incentives for locally designating a significant historic structure include variances, tax exemptions, Town grants and adaptive reuse of residential dwelling units.

  1. Variances to appropriate Town land use development regulations including:
    • Setbacks;
    • Off-street parking;
    • Height;
    • Lot coverage;
    • Floor area ratio.
  2. Tax exemptions up to 100 percent of the assessed value of all improvements to historically designated properties which result from the restoration, renovation or rehabilitation. Any exemption will remain in effect for 10 years.
  3. Town Grants up to $100,000 (with matching requirements) for:
    • Exterior preservation, restoration or rehabilitation improvements:
      • Exterior structural work (including foundations);
      • Architectural details;
      • Walls;
      • Roof;
      • Replacement or repair of awnings;
      • Replacement of deteriorated or inefficient windows;
      • Exterior painting
      • Replacement or upgrades of porches, gutter and downspout repair/replacement and lighting;
      • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility;
      • Fire prevention;
      • Subject property and right-of-way infrastructure improvements for adaptive reuse or commercial buildings (e.g. improvements to parking areas, drainage, electrical, lighting, sewer, etc.).
    • Interior preservation, restoration or rehabilitation improvements (so long as the exterior of the building is structurally sound and the interior improvements are regularly open to the public) may include the following:
      • Flooring;
      • Walls;
      • Ceilings;
      • Architectural details;
      • ADA accessibility.
  4. Adaptive reuse of residential dwelling units for limited commercial uses as followings:
    • Qualifications:
      • Located within the Residential, Single Family (R-1) Zoning District;
      • Must front on a major collector road.
    • Allowable limited commercial uses:
      • Art gallery (retail sale), with no outside storage or work permitted;
      • Barber shop;
      • Beauty salon;
      • Bed and breakfast (up to ten beds);
      • Book store;
      • Clothing store (retail sale);
      • Education services;
      • Florist shop;
      • Furniture store;
      • Home furnishings store;
      • Ice cream or candy snack shop;
      • Massage therapy;
      • Professional offices;
      • Restaurants (with restrictions and limitations contained in the Town Code).