Business Incentives

The City of Dublin has made economic development a top priority. To that end, the City has developed a number of incentives to assist in the attraction of new business. Following are some of the most recently developed programs:

Sales Tax Reimbursement Program

For businesses that generate more than $10 million in taxable sales, the City has developed a program to help offset investments in improvements to the site or building that the business proposes to occupy. The City will reimburse a business up to 50% of their annual sales tax for a period of five years, up to the amount they invested in the property. For users that generate more than $50 million in taxable sales, the City will reimburse a business up to 50% for a period of 10 years.

Business A is expected to generate $20 million in taxable sales annually (attributable to the City of Dublin). Business A needs to invest $500,000 in building improvements. Business A enters into an agreement with the City to be reimbursed for their improvements. Business A generates the anticipated $20 million in year one. This results in $200,000 in new sales tax revenue to the City of Dublin. Of this amount, Business A is eligible for $100,000 in year one (50% of the new sales tax revenue to the City).

For more information on the program, please review the Program Fact Sheet.

Commercial Facade Improvement Grant Program

The City offers a Commercial Facade Improvement Grant Program for commercial businesses located in the Downtown Dublin Specific Plan Area and the segment of Dublin Boulevard between Village Parkway and Dougherty Road.  This grant would permit commercial property owners, or tenants with long-term leases (five or more years remaining on the lease at the time a Program application is submitted), to apply for either: 1) a mini-grant for reimbursement of up to five thousand dollars ($5,000); or 2) a matching grant, which would provide reimbursement for two-thirds (66%) of eligible project costs, up to a maximum determined by the Fiscal Year budget cycle annually.  The total cost of the improvement work must be more than five thousand dollars ($5,000).  Receipt of a matching grant requires the approved applicant to contribute a minimum of one-third of the total cost of the facade improvement costs.  

Fee Deferral Program
The City offers two Fee Deferral Programs, one for non-residential development and another for multi-family residential projects within the Transit Districts. The non-residential development deferral allows development to pay Traffic Impact Fees to the City just prior to occupancy.  The multi-family residential development deferral allows the Traffic Impact Fees, Public Facilities Fees and Fire Facilities Fees to be paid just prior to occupancy.

Small Business Assistance Program

The City offers a Small Business Assistance Program to assist Dublin-based businesses with the cost of complying with federal, state, and local laws relating to disability access requirements, trash enclosures, sewer connections, and other such obligations imposed on small businesses.  City staff is also available to provide the following services:

  • One-to-one assistance with zoning related questions
  • Site selection 
Sewer Capacity Assistance Program
In partnership with the Dublin San Ramon Services District (provider of water and sewer service), the City had offered financial assistance to businesses that required new or additional local and regional sewer capacity.  Unfortunately, at this time, there are very limited sewer capacity credits available.  Please be assured we are working to identify new credits so that we can again make this program available.  

As part of the Program, the City had provided assistance from 25% to 100% of the DSRSD local and regional sewer connection fees that would otherwise be paid by the applicant.  As outlined in the chart below, the percentage of assistance varies by user type and square footage:
User Type
Fine Dining
Greater than 5,000 square feet - 50%
Between 3,500 and 5,000 square feet - 75%
Less than 3,500 square feet - 100%
Casual Dining (Excluding fast food)
Greater than 5,000 square feet - 25%
Between 3,500 and 5,00 square feet - 50%
Less than 3,500 square feet - 75%
Specialty Food (Coffee, deli, bakery, etc.)
Greater 5,000 square feet - 50%
Between 3,500 square feet - 75%
Less than 3,500 square feet - 100%
Entertainment/Nightlife (Wine bars, taprooms, etc.)
Greater than 5,000 square feet - 50%
Between 3,500 and 5,000 square foot - 75%
Less than 3,500 square foot - 100%

PACE Financing for Energy Upgrades

The City has partnered with Figtree Energy Resource Company and CaliforniaFIRST to offer Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades.  Some examples on ways that you can save money include:
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Boilers and Chillers
  • Lighting
  • Energy Management Systems
  • Windows and Exterior Doors
  • Occupancy Sensors
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Solar Thermal Water Heaters
  • Pool Equipment
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Solar Photovoltaic Systems
  • Solar Reflective Roofing
  • Water-Efficient Plumbing Fixtures
Dublin commercial property owners have the choice to work with Figtree Energy Resource Company, CaliforniaFIRST, Cleanfund Commercial Pace Capital,  or AllianceNRG for financing.

Economic Development Subsidies (AB 562)

Economic development subsidies, approved by the City of Dublin, pursuant to Section 53083(b) of the California Government Code (AB 562), can be viewed online.