Local Incentives

Take advantage of several local incentives that are available to businesses in Fresno County. Our Business Development team is always here to help.

PG&E Economic Development Rate (EDR)

Qualifying businesses in Fresno County will receive a 25% Enhanced Rate reduction on their monthly electricity costs. The EDR is a five year program designed for businesses with energy loads of 150 kW/month or greater and are considering:

  • locating within California and have other out-of-state options,
  • relocating from California to other states, OR
  • closing their existing California operations.

Learn more about the EDR

Fresno Economic Expansion Act

Various tax/revenue sharing incentives for large job-generating projects.

  • Reduction and Abatement of Development Impact Fees
  • Reimbursement for Off-site Improvements from Project Generated Revenue
  • Project Revenue Sharing
  • Other customized options available

County of Fresno Department of Public Works & Planning

City of Fresno – iDIFER

City of Fresno iDifer program will reduce or eliminate development impact fees for qualifying industrial and large office job producing development projects.

For more information contact: City of Fresno, Lance Lippincott (559) 621-8355

Fresno Green Incentives

Planning entitlement fee reduction of 25% and 20% minor deviation from development standards (i.e., parking, setbacks, etc.) for businesses building green; constructing buildings and communities that are sustainable and environmentally responsible.

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City of Kingsburg – New Development Incentives
  • 25% reduction for City Development Impact Fees Capital Facilities Fees
  • 50% rebate of City’s portion of real estate property taxes for three years
  • 50% rebate of City’s share of sales taxes for three years

Click to view available properties at the Kingsburg Business Park

City of Clovis – Home Based Business License Fee Rebate

Home-based businesses, with an existing business license, that move into a commercial space are qualified to receive a two-year business license fee waiver.

For more information contact: City of Clovis, (559) 324-2083

City of Clovis – Shaw Avenue Retail Tax Certificate Fee Waiver

Available for new or expanding retailers, the 18 month program waives the first year business tax certificate fees.

Retail location must be along the Shaw Avenue corridor from State Highway 168 to Temperance Avenue, in existing vacant commercial buildings.

For more information contact: City of Clovis, (559) 324-2083

City of Sanger – Industrial Development Incentive

City of Sanger will reduce or eliminate development impact fees for development projects created on industrially zoned sites. Development impact fees may also be deferred and financed for a period of up to 10 years by the City of Sanger.

For more information, contact: City of Sanger Economic Development Division: 559-876-6300, option 6

State Incentives

Take advantage of several state incentives available to businesses in Fresno County.

California Competes Credit

California income tax credit negotiated between State & businesses that want to stay and grow or locate within California. Credit amount depends on several factors, including but not limited to job creation, economic impact, amount of investment in California by business.

Learn more about the California Competes Credit

Manufacturing Equipment Sales & Use Tax Exemption

Partial sales/use tax exemption on purchase or lease of manufacturing and related equipment. Eliminates 4.19% of state’s sales tax/use portion and can provide an immediate benefit by allowing for tax exemption at the time of equipment purchase.

Learn more about the Sales & Use Tax Exemption

Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ)

Available to Fresno County businesses that use recycled or recovered materials as raw materials in their manufacturing processes or reduce the creation of solid waste. Incentive benefits include:

  • Low interest micro-loan program (up to $2 million),
  • Development and permitting assistance,
  • Waiver or reduction of development/permit fees.

Learn more about the RMDZ

Research and Development (R&D) Credit

Federal and State income tax credit available to businesses incurring qualified research expenses while conducting qualified research in California. Credit received based on a percentage of the excess of current year research expenditures over a computed base amount.

Learn more about the R&D Credit


CalSavers is California’s new retirement savings program that will offer millions of workers in California the opportunity to get on track for the future.

Employers: Must register by a state-required mandated deadline if the employer does not have an existing retirement plan offered to employees.

Employer required registration deadlines

    • More than 100 employees – September 30, 2020
    • More than 50 employees – June 30, 2021
    • 5 or more employees – June 30, 2022
  • No employer fees; no employer fiduciary responsibility.
  • Employers must set up an account before the deadline.
  • Submit and maintain an employee roster
    • Submit employee contributions each pay period
    • Easy to use. Facilitated by calsavers team
  • Qualifying Retirement Plans: 403(a), 408(k), 408(p), 401(a), 401(k), 413(c), 413(e)

Learn more at CalSavers

Phone/email: 1-855-650-6916 (employers), clientservices@calsavers.com

Federal Incentives

Take advantage of several federal incentives that are available to businesses in Fresno County.

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)

FTZs are secured areas legally outside of U.S. customs territory, usually located in or near customs points of entry. Fresno County is part of Foreign Trade Zone No. 226. This incentive allows for entry of foreign or domestic merchandise without formal customs entry or government excise taxes.

Learn more about FTZs


HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone)

Federal program to help small businesses in designated cities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.  Fresno County HUBZone designated cities are: Huron, Mendota, Orange Cove, Parlier, San Joaquin, Fresno (certain areas within city), and Sanger (certain areas within city).

Learn more about HUBZones


New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) Program

Companies who invest in qualifying projects can receive up to 39% of the project’s cost in the form of federal tax credit savings over a seven year period. Companies must demonstrate that their project will serve or provide investment capital for low-income communities or low-income persons.

Learn more about the NMTC Program


Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

Learn more about WOTC


New Employment Credit (NEC)

The New Employment Credit (NEC) is a California tax credit that encourages hiring and employment in the state. The NEC was recently extended by Senate Bill 855. The NEC is available for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, and before January 1, 2026. The NEC is available to businesses located in designated areas in the state that hire qualified full-time employees, receive a tentative credit reservation for that employee, and meet other requirements.

Learn more about NEC

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