Harford County Agricultural Land Preservation

The Harford County Agricultural Land Preservation and Purchase of Development Rights Program allows landowners the option to permanently preserve their property; alternatively, landowner may opt into a temporary agreement as a precursor to permanent preservation. 

Purchase of Development Rights


Harford County Agricultural Land Preservation Easements are Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) contracts that permanently extinguish all preexisting development potential of a particular property and are not used to offset development elsewhere in the county. Other than very limited rights reserved to the original grantor and their immediate family, no further commercial or residential subdivision is permitted. The grantor of the easement and all subsequent owners of the property retain full fee simple ownership of the land but are bound by the terms of the Deed of Easement.

Agricultural Preservation District


A District Agreement is a 5 year commitment limiting the subdivision of a parcel in return for a tax credit of $50 per acre, offsetting up to 50% of that parcel’s Harford County property tax. After the 5 year term has expired, the agreement and tax credit remain in effect until the property owner requests termination. Upon termination, all accrued property tax credits must be refunded to Harford County. Property owners can request a District Agreement at any time and it is not a prerequisite for a permanent easement.