Incentives Overview

Filter by industry and type using the menu on the left to explore the various incentives available to assist you business.


Business Liaison Service

At the heart of the Business First Philosophy is the dedicated Business Liaison. The City’s Office of Economic Development staff is part of a larger Business First Team of professionals ready to answer questions and provide guidance . Whether your business is relocating, expanding or developing a new project in the City of Riverside,… Read More


Fast-Track Permitting and Review

The Fast-Track Processing Team is composed of department heads or representatives with decision-making authority to “fast-track” the permitting process of specific, qualified commercial and industrial projects, waiving overtime charges for weekend inspections during the construction and/or tenant improvement installation process.… Read More


Riverside Public Utilities Economic Development Rate

Qualifying businesses can save up to 40% off their electric bill with discounted rates for relocating or expanding in Riverside! Your business qualifies for savings if you: Relocate your business to Riverside bringing 500 kW or more of monthly electric demand or expand your existing Riverside business by 20% of electric demand or more… Read More


Site Selection Assistance

Based on criteria provided by the business customer, we can compile a list of potential sites for consideration, advise on zoning code and provide feedback about the need for additional permitting measures such as a Conditional Use Permit, Parking Study or Variance that can help the customer compare sites knowledgeably and make the best… Read More


Technology Obudsman

Whether the need is access to capital, site selection assistance, or networking with local leaders; the Technology Ombudsman’s goal is to support the growth of local technology companies, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The Technology Ombudsman acts as a concierge to existing tech companies as well as those looking to establish a presence… Read More


Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exemption

Beginning July 1, 2014 qualified businesses are eligible to receive exemption of sales and use tax on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases.


Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By reserving a specific percentage of federal R&D funds for small business, SBIR protects the small business and enables it to compete on the same level as larger… Read More


Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)

STTR is an important small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Each year, five federal departments and agencies are required by STTR to reserve a portion of their R&D funds for award to small business/nonprofit research institution partnerships. Following submission… Read More


Agricultural Water Rates

To preserve and promote Riverside’s agricultural lands, the City offers water rates applicable to qualifying Greenbelt area customers. For Greenbelt properties with access to the Gage Canal system, the WA-8 Greenbelt Irrigation Service can help customers receive water from the canal. Properties without access to the Gage Canal may be… Read More


Construction Incentive Program

With our Commercial Building Construction Incentives, we offer rebates for building projects that incorporate energy-saving designs and equipment. This rebate also covers expansion and retrofit projects that make Riverside’s existing buildings more efficient. This program provides incentives for new commercial construction projects that… Read More


Custom Energy Technology Grants

The Custom Energy Technology Grant program provides our business electric customers with the opportunity to request funds for the advancement of renewable energy resource technology projects. Winning research, development, and demonstration projects will be unique to the business or manufacturing process.


Energy Innovations Grants

Energy Innovation Grants have helped post-secondary institutions look for new ways to advance science and technology in energy-related fields. As we continue to work with local universities on the development of new innovative projects, we are helping to make energy cleaner and more reliable.


LEED Construction Incentives

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is a great way to create sustainable buildings. Riverside has created a program to encourage businesses to pursue LEED-certified designation. The LEED guidelines were developed in 2000 by the U.S. Green Building Council to standardize green building practices and encourage builders to… Read More


Pool & Spa Pump Incentives

For business customers with in-ground swimming pools or spas as part of their facility, we can help them save on energy costs when they replace old, inefficient pumps with new, high-efficiency equipment. High-efficiency pumps are able to maintain a pool or spa without using excessive amounts of energy. Save up to 90% in energy costs by… Read More