Urban development funding

Urban development funding includes various federal and state programs to promote sustainable urban development. The financial resources made available in this context flow into urban development and redevelopment projects of major urban, economic, social, cultural and ecological significance. The aim is to achieve a positive and balanced development of the urban structure in all respects.

Urban development funding is applied in Rosenheim in the urban areas and programs shown:

Federal and State Urban Development Program Part I

Basic program

The focus of the federal-state urban development program Part I is on strengthening downtowns and local centers. The aim of the funding is to create attractive centers with a diverse mix of uses including housing, retail, services and culture. Targeted public investment and the commitment of private owners are intended to prevent a loss of function and significance of historic city centers. In doing so, a land-saving and resource-saving settlement development is pursued.

Federal and State Urban Development Program Part II

Socially Integrative City

In order to counteract social and spatial polarization in cities, the federal-state urban development program "Districts with Special Development Needs - Socially Integrative City" was launched in 1999. By supporting measures and projects, the program aims to strengthen the functional capacity of urban districts and counteract the negative development of disadvantaged neighborhoods.

In the Socially Integrative City neighborhoods, local efforts in the following areas in particular are to be taken into account with regard to living environment, social security, education, employment and integration:

  • the refurbishment and upgrading of buildings
  • an increase in recreational, green and play areas in the residential environment
  • improvement of infrastructures, especially for children and young people
  • social-integrative measures for education, integration and employment promotion

Federal and State Urban Development Program Part III

Urban redevelopment

The emerging structural change requires an adaptation of urban structures to the development of population and economy. In order to promote the urban development concepts necessary for this, the federal and state governments initiated the Urban Redevelopment Program (East 2002 / West 2004).

With the aim of initiating necessary adjustment processes at an early stage, urban development concepts are pursued with the intentions of:

  • Creation of sustainable urban structures
  • Reuse and conversion of areas affected by structural change
  • Strengthening of areas affected by change as residential and business locations
  • Adaptation of residential areas to current needs and creation of sustainable forms of housing

Areas of the Urban Redevelopment West (since 2008)

  • Statutes of the City of Rosenheim on the formal determination of the redevelopment area "Altstadt Ost" in accordance with § 142 BauGB (simplified procedure) of 25.11.2008, published in the Official Gazette No. 31 of 25 November 2008.


    1st amendment to the statutes of the City of Rosenheim on the formal definition of the redevelopment area "Altstadt Ost" in the simplified procedure of 15.05.2017, published in the Official Gazette No. 11of 30 May 2017.

  • In March 2009, the city of Rosenheim was included in the federal-state urban redevelopment program Stadtumbau West with the development of the railroad station area in Rosenheim.


    Announcement of the resolution of the city council on the determination of the urban redevelopment area "Bahnhofsareal" according to § 171b BauGB of 15.05.2017.

    Development goals of the urban redevelopment measure Bahnhofsareal.

    The 10 defined target points for the development of the station area form the basis for the framework planning, the preparatory studies and the statutes for the urban redevelopment area. The objective of the urban redevelopment measure "Bahnhofsareal" is, among other things, the rapid and uniform reorganization and development of the station area, which is important in terms of urban development and has a promising future for the city of Rosenheim, as well as the associated reorganization of the mobility hub in front of the station reception building in Rosenheim.

    The core points of the development of the station area in Rosenheim include:

    1. Formation of Südtiroler Platz as Rosenheim's city entrance situation.
    2. Upgrading Rosenheim's mobility hub by placing the central connection point at the train station.
    3. Establishment of trade, tourism, commercial, service, technology and educational facilities on the station site to raise Rosenheim's profile as the most important business location in the southeast Upper Bavarian region.
    4. Formation of a distinctive city entrance at Brückenberg / Münchener Straße.
    5. Strengthening Rosenheim's centrality by upgrading the Luitpoldstrasse area (between Bahnhofstrasse and Münchener Strasse).
    6. Strengthening the linking function of the area by upgrading bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
    7. Relieving the pressure on Enzenspergerstrasse through a new main traffic road on the southern station area.
    8. Better linking of the residential area "Am Gries" with downtown Rosenheim.
    9. Formation of a high-quality urban spatial edge to the existing railroad tracks.
    10. Conversion and preservation of the historic buildings as a monument of time.

    On February 2, 2011, the city council approved the 10 target points for the development of the station area and approved the urban development concept and the utilization concept.

Federal and state urban development programs as of 2020

The Free State of Bavaria, the federal government and the European Union provide financial assistance for urban renewal in various urban development programs. These programs each pursue different goals.

In 2020, a comprehensive restructuring took place to simplify and further develop federal-state urban development funding. From 2020, funding will be concentrated on three programs instead of the previous six, while retaining the previous funding priorities and objectives.

The previous program priorities of "urban greening" and "monument protection" have been incorporated into the new programs as cross-cutting themes. This is because all programs now explicitly take account of climate protection, climate adaptation and biodiversity, in particular with the development of green infrastructure in cities and municipalities, the preservation of historical monuments, but also more far-reaching challenges of urban development such as the economical use of land, networked, locally compatible mobility or inter-municipal cooperation.

  • The central objective of the program "Living Centers - Preservation and Development ofCity and Town Centers" is to preserve city and town centers and develop them into attractive and identity-creating locations for living, working, business and culture. With its integrated approach, the program aims to address the challenges of city centers, district centers and village centers that are threatened by loss of function, vacant buildings and declining intensity of use.

  • The aim of the urban development program "Social Cohesion - Shaping Neighborhood Life Together" is to stabilize and upgrade urban, economically and socially disadvantaged and structurally weak urban and local districts. The program bundles the activities of social urban development and is characterized above all by its interdisciplinary approach. The three redevelopment areas Endorfer Au/Finsterwalderstrasse, Lessingstrasse/Pfaffenhofener Strasse and Isarstrasse/Traberhofstrasse from the previous federal-state urban development program "Socially Integrative City" (BLS) have now been transferred to the new PSZ program.

  • The guiding principle of the urban development program "Growth and Sustainable Renewal -DesigningLivable Neighborhoods" is to support urban and local centers in meeting demographic and economic challenges in the field of urban renewal and urban development. The aim of the program is to promote the transformation of areas affected by considerable loss of urban function and structural change into livable neighborhoods. The two areas of the redevelopment area Altstadt Ost (Old Town East ) and the urban redevelopment area Bahnhofsareal (Station Area) from the previous federal-state urban development program Part III "Stadtumbau West" (BLU) have now been transferred to the new PWE program.

Further details on the new programs and their funding priorities can be found in the "Urban Development Guidelines" announced on January 1, 2020, as well as in the explanatory notes issued by the Bavarian State Ministry of Housing, Construction and Transportation.

Municipal support program of the city of Rosenheim

The "Municipal Development Program of the City of Rosenheim" can be used to carry out small private construction measures as part of the urban development funding for the redevelopment of the city center.

  • The development area comprises the redevelopment area "Old Town" and the redevelopment area "Old Town East" in the respective valid boundaries.

  • The purpose of the municipal support program is the preservation and continuation of the evolved historic structure of the old town. Development in keeping with the character of the old town is to be supported by suitable preservation, renovation and design measures. In doing so, aspects of townscape and monument preservation are taken into account.

  • Grants (cost reimbursement amounts) may be awarded up to 30% of the eligible costs per individual object (property or economic unit), up to a maximum of EUR 12,750.00.

    In the case of complex reorganizations, in particular jointly used open spaces, grants may be awarded for up to 50% of the eligible costs per measure, up to a maximum of EUR 12,750.00. The cost reimbursement amount is granted in the amount of the share of the costs that cannot be covered by equity and borrowed capital or grants from other agencies.

  • The application for funding must be submitted in writing to the City of Rosenheim, City Planning Office, Königstr. 24 in 83022 Rosenheim, after prior expert consultation with the City's Building Regulations Office.

    • written application letter
    • Plan documents of the measure
    • Description of the measure
    • Cost and financing overview with corresponding bidding documents
    • Proof of price competition on the basis of tender documents (comparative offers, examination and evaluation, award notice, etc.)
    • Proof of subsidies from other agencies, e.g. the Bay. State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments, etc.
    • Photos of the existing building and outdoor facilities (condition before renovation)
    • Construction work is to be awarded only to competent, efficient and reliable companies at reasonable prices.
    • When soliciting bids, the currently valid value limits for the award of contracts in the municipal sector must be observed and complied with.
    • The measure may only be started after receipt of the approval notice from the City of Rosenheim!
    • Within three months after completion of the work, proof of use must be submitted to the city in the form of an overall statement (with all receipts and proof of payment). The subsidies can only be paid out after the proof of use has been checked.
    • Documentation based on suitable photos showing the condition before and after the refurbishment must be submitted with the overall statement.
  • The amount of funding available in the Municipal Funding Program is based on the grants awarded by the Government of Upper Bavaria and the investment subsidy funds made available in the budgets of the City of Rosenheim.

Tax benefits for historical monuments and buildings in redevelopment areas or urban development areas

According to §§ 7h, 10f and 11a of the German Income Tax Act (EStG), certain structural measures on buildings in formally designated redevelopment areas or urban development areas as defined in the German Building Code (BauGB) are eligible for tax relief.

In order to be able to claim the increased deductions for such modernization and repair measures, a certificate from the City of Rosenheim is required. To obtain this certificate, a written agreement must be concluded with the City of Rosenheim before the start of the measure.

The city planning office of the city of Rosenheim is responsible for this. We will be happy to advise you personally on the requirements for submitting an application for your property. The most important information can also be found in the following explanations. The links to the necessary forms are listed below.

Note: The following explanations are general information. They cannot replace comprehensive advice on tax law. In this respect, additional inquiries should be made at the responsible tax office or with tax experts. The City of Rosenheim does not guarantee the completeness and correctness, in particular with regard to questions of tax law, and is not liable for the occurrence of specific tax or financial consequences.

  • 1. the certificate can be issued for

    • a building
    • parts of buildings that are independent immovable assets
    • condominiums
    • rooms that are part-owned.

    2 The property to be redeveloped must be located in a formally defined redevelopment area or in a formally defined urban development area at the time of commencement of the modernization or repair measure.

    3. the following are eligible for certification

    • Modernization or repair measures within the meaning of Section 177 of the German Building Code (BauGB ) for the elimination of deplorable conditions and the correction of defects as well as
    • Measures that serve the preservation or renewal and functional use of buildings that are worth preserving due to their historical, artistic or urban development significance.

    4. the tax concession presupposes that

    • a modernization agreement has been concluded between the owner and the City of Rosenheimprior to commencement of the measures (standard case) or
    • the structural measures are based on either a modernization order (order to eliminate deficiencies) or a maintenance order (order to remedy deficiencies).

    5 After the construction measures have been carried out, the owner (or an authorized representative) must apply in writing to the City of Rosenheim, City Planning Office, Königstr. 24 in 83022 Rosenheim for the issuance of a certificate.

    The certifiable costs of the measures are to be proven by submitting the original invoices as well as a comprehensible cost breakdown with plans. If subsidies from public funds were approved for the measures, these must also be listed.

    The notice is to be submitted to the tax authorities and is subject to a fee. In accordance with the Bavarian Cost Law (BayKG) in conjunction with the Bavarian Cost Directory (KVz), a fee of approximately 50.00 to 100.00 euros (plus expenses for postal delivery) will be charged.

    (Partial) measures that were carried out without or already before the conclusion of a modernization agreement are not covered by the preferential treatment. Therefore, please contact us at an early stage. A lack of a contractual agreement is not replaced by the issuance of a building permit. The certified expenses can only be taken into account under tax law if the other tax law requirements, which are checked by the relevant tax office, are also met.

  • Before the start of construction work

    The construction measures to be carried out are specified in writing in a modernization and repair agreement pursuant to Section 177 of the German Building Code (BauGB ). This agreement must be concluded with the City of Rosenheim prior to the start of construction.

    Please submit the following documents to the City Planning Office of the City of Rosenheim prior to commencement of the measures (a site visit may be required):

    • completed and signed application for the conclusion of a modernization agreement (written form required)
    • as-built plans of the property
    • Plans with entries for the planned measures or building application documents or notice of approval incl. plans (M 1:100)
    • List of all planned measures / construction description
    • Specification of the implementation period
    • Cost estimate (broken down into trades)
    • Information on expansion of use or change of use
    • Information on public grants (e.g. subsidies)
    • Photos of the building and all relevant rooms (interior and exterior)

    If the building is a listed building, the requirements of the law on listed buildings must be taken into account and a permit under the law on listed buildings must be submitted. In this regard, there is also the possibility to apply for a certificate according to § 7i EStG.

    During the construction work, you as the owner or builder are obligated to carry out the construction work as agreed or to coordinate any changes to the plans or increases in costs with the Rosenheim Municipal Planning Office prior to implementation.

    After completion of the construction work, you can apply for the certificate.

    Please submit the following documents in writing to the City Planning Office of the City of Rosenheim after completion of the measures:

    • completed and signed application for issuance of a certificate
    • A summary of the cost expenditure, arranged according to trades
    • Original invoices and proofs of payment, numbered according to the cost breakdown, sorted by trades
    • Indication of all public subsidies received (e.g. grants)
    • Photos of the modernized building and all relevant rooms

    The Rosenheim City Planning Office checks:

    • the completeness of the application documents
    • whether the work has been carried out as agreed (if necessary, a site inspection must be carried out)
    • and determines the certifiable costs

    In the event of a change in ownership of the property or if individual apartments are transferred to partial ownership, the owner(s) must obligate the legal successors to assume the obligations incumbent upon them vis-à-vis the city under the repair and modernization agreement. In the case of partial ownership, the expenses of the measures carried out can be divided according to the co-ownership share and then independent certificates can be issued in accordance with § 7h or § 10f EStG.

    IMPORTANT: The certificate is not the sole requirement for claiming the tax benefit. The tax authority checks other tax law requirements.

    For further information on the certification procedure, please refer to the "Certification Guidelines for the Application of Sections 7h, 10f and 11a of the German Income Tax Act (EStG)".

Urban development funding - urban renewal in Bavaria

Since 1971, urban development funding has made a significant contribution to the urban renewal of Bavarian towns, markets and villages. The financial assistance provided by the federal government and the Free State of Bavaria activates private capital in multiple amounts and makes a lasting contribution to securing jobs.

A summary overview of urban development funding in Bavaria with detailed information on the current funding priorities, the individual funding programs, funding rules and numerous publications can be found at the Bavarian State Ministry of Housing, Construction and Transport.