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  • Incentives for Research & Development Companies

    Home to an incredible mix of public and private research interests, Pasadena has emerged as one of California's most innovative technology areas.

    In recent years, the City of Pasadena has increased efforts to encourage the growth of local technology companies.  Part of this effort has included coordination with the state and changes in local polices that can result in savings to both entrepreneurs and those who build flexible research and development space.

    Citywide Incentives for R&D

    Incentives include priority plan check review and fee reductions (Construction Tax waiver) for research and development improvement projects throughout the City.

    Enterprise Zone Incentives for R&D

    Businesses within the Enterprise Zone are also eligible for the following State Tax Credits:

    • Hiring Credit
    • Sales and Use Tax Credit
    • Business Expense Deduction
    • Net Operating Loss Carryover
    • Net Interest Deduction for Lenders


    Enterprise Zone Technology Development Area (EZTDA)

    If your business or property is located within the EZTDA, and if the land use is primarily used for scientific research, then you may qualify for Building and Planning permit fee waivers for development, and a Business License Fee waiver for operation. To take advantage of these benefits, Research and Development businesses must obtain a letter from the Enterprise Zone Office first before applying for fee waivers. Nonresidential property owners are excluded from receiving the business license fee waiver. 


    Are  you in the Zone? 



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