Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE)

​ The City of Bellingham provides a property tax exemption for multi-family housing in targeted residential area​s, as described in both Washington State Law (RCW 84.14) and the Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC 17.8​2). This incentive encourages residential housing choices and opportunities, including affordable housing, within urban centers.

The Multi-Family Tax Exemption application (PDF) must be submitted prior to applying for a building permit.

Staff Contact: Chris Koch at 360-778-8349 or for more information about the program.