CRA Tax Abatement Program

The purpose of the CRA is to encourage revitalization of the existing housing and building stock and the construction of new structures.


Residential applicants will pick up an application (CRA Form 1) when applying for a building permit. Residential applicants will have 1 year from completion of project to complete application, in order to have it filed with the county auditor.

• Prior to construction business applicants will pick up and fill out an application (CRA Form 1 and CRA Form 2).
• The business may begin construction of its facility after steps 1-12 of the business process (CRA Form 2) are completed.
• All commercial and industrial projects are required to comply with the state application fee, presently $750.00, requirements of ORC Section 3735.672 (C) and the local annual monitoring fee of one percent of the amount of taxes exempted under the agreement – a minimum of $500 up to a maximum of $2500 annually unless waived.

Information & Forms

Please click below for the applicable forms. Residential applicants need to fill out form 1 only and business/commercial applicants need to fill out forms 1 and 2. Completed forms should be filed with City Hall.  If you have further questions, please contact City Hall at 330-482-2173 option 6.

Community Reinvestment Area Fact Sheet

CRA Residential Application (Form 1- FILLABLE)

CRA Residential Application (Form 1)

CRA Business Application (Form 2)

Columbiana County Community Housing Impact & Preservation Program(CHIP)


The PY 2016 Columbiana County Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program will begin accepting applications on November 1, 2016.

Funding is available to assist Columbiana County homeowners in need of home repairs and housing rehabilitation. The CHIP program is funded through the Ohio Development Services Agency. The grant is a partnership between the Columbiana County Board of Commissioners, City of Columbiana, City of East Liverpool, and the City of Salem. Funding has been budgeted to each of these communities to provide assistance under the CHIP program.
To be eligible, the home must be located in Columbiana County and used as the primary residence of the homeowner, have a household with a total gross anticipated annual income of less than 80% of the Area Median Income. (Example: a family of three must have an income at or below $39,900), current on property tax, and meet secondary eligibility items associated with the home itself. This may include items such as maximum value and ability to address the required repairs with maximum funding allocations.
Complete applications are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis taking into account the health and safety repairs needed.

In addition to the repair assistance, the program will also provide homeownership assistance that includes down payment/closing cost assistance, and housing rehabilitation.

To apply, please contact the following organization listed according to the area your home is located.
If the home is located within the City limits of East Liverpool or Salem, please contact Hall Community Development LLC, 635 Bachtel St. SE, North Canton, Ohio 44720 or call 330-499-8266.
For all other areas of Columbiana County, including the City of Columbiana, please contact the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County, Inc., 7860 Lincole Place (lower level), Lisbon, Ohio 44432 or call 330-424-4013.

NEW Economic Development GIS Application

The City of Columbiana is pleased to announce our  NEW Economic Development GIS Application is now available. The application was made possible by a $4,000 grant provided by Home Savings Charitable Foundation, a $500 grant provided by Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce, and $3,000 from the City.

It is an inter-active, web-based economic development tool developed to be used by various chambers of commerce; city leaders; economic development professionals and site selectors.

Click Here to View

Welcome To Columbiana.

Welcome to the City of Columbiana, Ohio. We’re a community in Northeastern Ohio with a lot to offer! Take a look around the site, and see just some of what makes this such a special community. But if you really want to know why so many people call Columbiana home, you need to visit for yourself.

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In an emergency, we encourage all of our visitors and residents to call our 9-1-1 system. But if you have a request for our police department, or even if you’d just like to know more about exactly how our police officers are making the streets of Columbiana, Ohio safer for everyone, click here. And when you see one of our officers around town, remember to say hello and thank you!