If you are growing, expanding, or locating your business in Stockton, use the link below for a complete list of incentives, programs, and resources across all city departments. You can also take advantage of our Advantage Stockton website for data analytics about the city, including the new SizeUp tool for businesses. If you need any assistance with site selection, please contact the Economic Development Department.
The City’s Stocked Full of Produce Grant Program addresses food insecurity through grant funding to help with infrastructure upgrades to retail stores, to promote the sale and storage of healthier food options. Grants can be used for improvements, such as installing new refrigeration or shelving. Grant funds are available up to $10,000.
Eligible properties must be retail outlets such as corner stores or convenience stores, located within the City of Stockton limits and within one of the targeted areas according to the Stocked Full of Produce program map.
The Storefront Beautification Micro Grant Program offers reimbursable grants of up to $2,000 for businesses located along targeted commercial corridors within city limits. The program assists small business owners to improve their storefronts with the replacement and/or improvements of windows, lighting, paint, awnings, signage, and planters and trellises.
A completed application must be reviewed and approved by the Economic Development Department prior to beginning any work.
In 2007, City Council approved revisions to the City's Commercial Loan Program to expand the program boundary beyond the downtown core and increase funding for commercial property owners.
The City offers a Façade Improvement Forgivable Loan to enhance the exterior of commercial, nonresidential properties (including nonprofit groups) located within Downtown, South Stockton, North Stockton, and Midtown.
Application fee: $525
This program encourages the economic reuse of structures within Downtown Stockton that have been vacant for a period of six months or longer. The City of Stockton will grant to the owner of eligible structures a sum equal to certain City imposed fees required to be paid in order to secure a building permit for tenant improvements.
To stimulate economic development within the City of Stockton, the City Council adopted a fee deferral program for commercial and industrial buildings.
Rather than paying development fees when a building permit is issued, the developer of a qualified non-residential project may elect to defer a portion of those fees.
This program provides short-term relief from upfront development costs, specifically impact fees, until construction has been completed and the building is ready to occupy. Rather than paying development impact fees when a building permit is issued, a developer with a qualified non-residential project may elect to defer payment of such fees, with the exception of certain “pass-through” fees.
New non-residential construction projects may defer eligible fees until:
A request for short-term deferral of eligible fees for new non-residential construction projects must be submitted in writing to the Economic Development Department. If the project is deemed eligible, a fee deferral agreement must be executed between the applicant and City prior to the issue of the building permit. This program becomes effective March 25, 2017, and remains in effect for a period of five years, unless extended by the Stockton City Council.
To learn more about any program or for an application by mail, please contact the Economic Development Department.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 11/9/2021