Local, State & Federal Incentives

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Local, state, and federal tax credits, incentives, and loans are designed to make doing business in Fresno even more affordable. But piecing together an incentive package that’s right for your business can be complex, even daunting; our team is here to evaluate all the options for your development project or business, large or small. We can also answer questions and guide you through the application process on any of these programs, including those available at the state and federal levels.

Development Project Abatements & Initiatives

LOCAL Impact Fee Waivers

Impact fees are one-time charges that the local government imposes on developers to pay for city infrastructure and services including fire and police. Impact fees are intended to fund the same level of services for residents as the community grows. The City has enacted legislation to allow the reduction and abatement of development impact fees project types through the iDIFER Act, the Commercial BUILD Act, the Southwest Revitalization Incentive Program, and the Economically Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Act.

Resource Efficiency & Incentive Programs

Planning entitlement fee reductions for minor deviations from development standards (i.e., parking, setbacks, etc.) for “green” buildings that are sustainable and environmentally responsible.

These fees are assessed by the Planning and Development department; if you’re considering a site purchase or development, contact our team using the form at the bottom of this page to evaluate a development project for eligibility.

LOCAL Measure C Funding for Transit-Oriented Development

Based on the 2015 Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Measure C Extension, approximately $16.9 million will be released over 20 years to support projects within 1⁄2 mile of an existing bus stop or a proposed bus stop/High-Speed Rail station. Approximately $850,000 is released annually for the Fresno region although the funding level for each cycle will differ year to year. City and County governments in Fresno County are eligible to apply; private sector or non-profit organizations can apply for the TOD funding through a representative of the local government where the project is located. No local match is required

Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC)

The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, funded by State cap-and-trade dollars programmed through California Climate Investments (CCI), helps reduce GHG emissions specifically by increasing the supply of affordable housing near jobs, amenities, and transportation. AHSC is an important funding source for communities seeking to implement sustainable development practices. It provides low-interest loans and grants for offsite improvements. Applicants must meet specific scoring requirements.

Download Planning and Development Application Fees

STATE Multifamily Housing Program

Deferred payment loans with a 55-year term at 3 percent simple interest to assist in the new construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of permanent and transitional rental housing for lower-income households.

EV Charging Station Permit Streamlining

The “EV Charging Station Permit Streamlining Map” (EVCS Streamlining Map) is a living companion to the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permitting Guidebook. Its purpose is to create a shared, understanding of EVCS permit streamlining across the state, and track compliance with California laws AB 1236 (2015) and AB 970 (2021).”.

Tax Reductions & Industry-Specific Incentives

Local Industrial Development and Large Office Impact Fee Elimination/Reduction Program (iDIFER)

Industrial and Large office (250 jobs or more) in Fresno may be eligible for a reduction or elimination of development impact fees.

STATE Governor’s Economic Development Initiative (GEDI) Program

STATE Advanced Transportation and Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exclusion

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) provides a full sales and use tax exclusion for advanced manufacturers and manufacturers of alternative sources, recycled feedstock, and advanced transportation products, components, or systems.

STATE Incentives for Manufacturers

The state offers different incentives for projects deploying under or over $20 million in capital expenditures. You can download the current list here.

STATE Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) Program

Combines recycling with economic development to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, create jobs, and divert waste from landfills. This program provides attractive loans, technical assistance, and free product marketing to businesses that use materials from the waste stream to manufacture their products and are located in a zone.

STATE Joe Serna Jr., Farmworker Housing Program

Deferred-payment loans to finance the new construction, rehabilitation, and acquisition of owner-occupied and rental units for agricultural workers, with a priority for lower-income households. Open to local government agencies, nonprofit corporations, cooperative housing corporations, limited partnerships where all the general partners are nonprofit mutual or public benefit corporations, and federally recognized Indian tribes.

FEDERAL Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)

Merchandise stored, manufactured, or assembled within the FTZ area is considered to be international commerce. Businesses that import or export a significant amount of materials or products in an FTZ are able to delay, reduce or eliminate customs duties on imported goods.

FEDERAL Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)

Administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), a HUBZone is designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities by providing Federal contracting preferences to small businesses. The HUBZone applies to qualified small businesses, located within the zone’s boundaries, with at least 35% of their employees residing in a HUBZone. The City of Fresno’s HUBZone is defined by qualified census tracts.

FEDERAL Opportunity Zones

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established Opportunity Zones as a mechanism to provide tax incentives for investment in designated census tracts. Investments made by individuals through a Qualified Opportunity Fund in these zones would be allowed to defer or eliminate federal taxes on capital gains. Through the deferral, reduction and elimination of capital gains, Opportunity Zones have the potential to attract billions of dollars in private capital, making it one of the largest economic development initiatives in U.S. history

Energy Savings

LOCAL PG&E Enhanced Economic Development Rate (E-EDR)

Qualifying businesses expanding or located in Fresno can receive an electrical rate reduction of up to 20% for five years.

Hiring & Workforce Development

LOCAL New Employment Opportunities (NEO) Program

The Ready2Hire NEO Program offers full or partial reimbursement for wages paid to employees hired through the program for the first 6 months.

STATE Governor’s Economic Development Initiative (GEDI) Program: New Employment Credit

Tax credit for businesses in the DGA who hire qualified employees and pay qualified wages.

STATE Employment Training Panel (ETP)

Provides funding to help upskill your employees.  Training is customized to meet the needs of the employers and provide high-wage, high-skill, secure jobs for workers.  Employers get to decide which workers need training, design their own training plan, and select their own trainer.

FEDERAL Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from one of 10 targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.  In some cases, retroactive credits are available.

Small Business Grants & Other Support

Grant Information


Stay up to date with current grants by visiting the following websites listed below:

Contact us for more information about potential grant opportunities for your business.

Office of the Small Business Advocate – Small Business Resources

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) supports economic growth and innovation and ensures that ALL California small businesses and innovative startups have the information and direct support they need to better navigate resources, programs, and regulations.

Incentive Partners