Vintage Faire Mall AerialModesto’s regional trading area serves a population over 500,000, creating opportunity for a thriving business community.

Incentive programs can help business owners and developers.  Call to speak with one of our experienced business analysts to learn more.

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.
  • Revolving Loan Fund Programs - flexible loan and fee waiver programs for downtown residential, commercial and industrial construction and city-wide commercial and industrial projects.
  • 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