Renaissance Zone Program



As of July 31, 2022, the Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority is no longer accepting applications for new Renaissance Zone projects.

The Renaissance Zone program provides tax exemptions and credits to both residents and businesses for revitalization and redevelopment activities within the Zone, as shown in the above map. The purpose of the Zone is to encourage reinvestment in downtown properties, which in turn strengthens the core of our community. The Renaissance Zone provides both property tax and income tax incentives to property and business owners who invest in qualified projects. There are five different types of Renaissance Zone projects: rehabilitation, purchase with major improvements, purchase only, lease, and historical preservation and renovation.

A Renaissance Zone project must be approved by both the City of Bismarck and the North Dakota Department of Commerce before the qualifying activity occurs (purchase, lease or rehabilitation).

Information Guide

Renaissance Zone Program Information Guide  

Renaissance Zone Authority 

The Renaissance Zone Authority is a seven member advisory board that provides guidance on Downtown Design Review and other activities impacting the core of the community. 

Agendas, minutes and additional information are available on the Renaissance Zone Authority page.

Renaissance Zone Development Plan

The City of Bismarck Renaissance Zone Development Plan guides the administration and project selection process for the program:

2022 Renaissance Zone Development Plan
Appendix A:   Memorandum of Agreement between City and State for Continuation of Program
Appendix B:    Map of Renaissance Zone Boundaries
Appendix C:    Description of Properties
Appendix D:   Renaissance Zone Program Needs Assessment (2016)
Appendix E:    Renaissance Zone Return on Investment Evaluation
Appendix F:    Bylaws for the Renaissance Zone Authority
Appendix G:   Evidence of Community Support

Additional Information

North Dakota Renaissance Zone Program Guidelines (North Dakota Department of Commerce)
Guidelines for Renaissance Zone Tax Incentives (North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner)
State Historical Society of North Dakota Tax Incentives
Chapter 40-63 Renaissance Zone in the North Dakota Century Code

For additional information on the Renaissance Zone Program, contact Daniel Nairn