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Business Expansion, Attraction and Retention

Business & Industry Incentive Program

The Business & Industry Incentive Program (created by San Diego City Council Policy 900-12) serves as the City's primary economic development platform. Its incentives are typically combined with those from other City special incentive programs, the Office of Small Business and other incentives offered through the City's Redevelopment Agency.

Businesses are eligible for financial incentives if they meet one of the following criteria: (1) provide significant revenues and/or jobs; (2) promote the stability and growth of City taxes and other revenue; (3) construct appropriate development in older parts of the City; or, (4) are being induced by other jurisdictions to relocate from San Diego. These incentives may include:

  • project advocacy, due diligence, and streamlined ministerial and discretionary permit review processes.
  • reimbursement of all or a portion of building and/or development-related fees.