Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE)

The City of Bellingham provides a property tax exemption for multi-family housing in targeted residential areas, as described in both Washington State Law (RCW 84.14) and the Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC 17.82). 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.