Modesto is Open for Business

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Modesto is the hub of a large regional trading area serving a population over 500,000, and offers excellent infrastructure support for industry.

If you are considering relocating your business, or are looking for ideas to grow your business here in Modesto, please give us a call and ask to speak with one of our expert business analysts.  

City Sponsored Business Incentives

A range of incentives are available to Modesto businesses - we look forward to discussing them with you.  

  • Fee Reductions / Cost Sharing - for mandatory grease trap or interceptor installation.
  • Fee Deferral Programs – to encourage development we can explore deferring payment of Capital Facilities, Water Connection and/or Wastewater Capacity Fees for a period of five years.
  • Capital Facilities Fee credits and offsets
  • Business assistance, information and advocacy
  • Streamlined Plan review - to help you move your project ahead faster
  • Downtown Incentives
    • Occupancy Incentives with up to $2500 cash and sales tax and mill tax elimination for a year for new retail businesses and extended hours for existing businesses.  Submit the Occupancy Incentives application to apply.  
    • Facade Improvements Incentive of matching grant up to $10,000 for Facade Improvements.  Additionally, fees waived for minor encroachment permits for repair and or maintenance, beautification or outdoor dining.  Submit the Facade Improvements application to apply.
    • Development Incentives with fee exemptions and free permits and reduced parking requirements for mixed use and residential development projects; Exemptions from fees and requirements for pop-up shops.
    • Program Guidelines