Washington County is known for our pro-business climate.

Washington County is known for our pro-business climate. With incentives and financing programs from a variety of sources, we are ready to help businesses open, expand or relocate in one of our great communities. We strive to fully understand your business needs. Then we work with partners to develop custom programs that help you accomplish your goals.

Click here for a packet of information regarding Washington County’s Incentive Programs.

This program provides up to a fifteen (15) year tax credit on the County portion of real estate taxes for qualified businesses that either expand or locate and increase employment in Washington County.

Job Creation and Capital Investment Real Property Tax Credit Application Packet

This program provides a six (6) year tax credit for qualified businesses that either expand or relocate in Washington County. The credit applies to Washington County’s real property tax on real property owned or leased by the business and on personal property owned by that business.

New Jobs Tax Credit Program

This program provides qualifying businesses with State income tax credits and local real property tax credits in return for job creation and capital investments made in the designated Enterprise Zones.

Enterprise Zones

A commercial property stimulus program that offers a qualified project a three (3) year tax credit against the County real property tax on four-tenths of one percent (0.004) of construction costs of the new improvement on the approved parcel.

Pad-Ready Site Policy

This newly-established program will allow investors to receive substantial  federal tax incentives over the next ten (10) years by investing their capital gains into Opportunity Zones.

Opportunity Zone Story
Opportunity Zone Map

Three (3) year tax credit program for the construction of new or renovated space that achieve LEED Platinum, Gold or Silver Certification.

High Performance Commercial Building Tax incentive


Department of Business and Economic Development

Washington County Administration Complex
100 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Suite 1401

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 240-313-2280

TTY users may call any government office through the Maryland Relay Service 1-800-735-2258

Liberal Leave is in effective for Washington County Government


Liberal leave is in effect for all non-essential personal on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, until noon. Essential personnel are expected to fulfill their duties as usual.

The starting time for today’s Board of County Commissioners meeting will be reevaluated at 9:00 am.

For those required to travel, exercise caution on the roadways. If driving is necessary, ensure your vehicle is completely cleared, drive at a reduced speed, practice caution, and avoid crowding or passing plows.
We’ll keep the public informed of any changes. Stay updated by monitoring Washington County Government’s website and social media channels for the latest information. Your safety is our priority!