The City of Riverside wants to help your business succeed. In an effort to provide personalized customer service and opportunities for you to showcase your business to the community, we provide two highly specialized programs: the Business First initiative and the Shop Riverside campaign.

Streamline Riverside Permitting and Review

Time is Money. Streamline Riverside is a program based on the City of Riverside’s commitment to providing excellent customer service and the most business friendly process possible. A City-wide review and revision or regulations, processes and policies is resulting in a smoother, more efficient permitting process for businesses based on simplicity, transparency, collaboration and certainty. Advantages include: Reliable, uniform plan check review times: All departments have a uniform review time of four weeks for large projects and two weeks for smaller projects. Preliminary Review: We will review your plans, sketch or idea with a comprehensive Streamline Riverside team and provide verbal feedback. A nominal fee for this review will be credited to your formal application fee so it costs no additional money for an early review. Helping you put your best foot forward is our goal. Development Review Committee: When complete plans are submitted, you receive an appointment card complete with date and time to have your application reviewed by the Development Review Committee (Fire, Planning, Building, Public Works, Public Utilities and others Departments as needed). We pride ourselves in putting our comments in writing within a few days of this meeting.After-hours expedited plan check: for a minimal fee, Building, Fire, Planning and Public Works now offer after hours expedited plan check reviews that cut the turnaround time in half.Efficient internal review authority: eliminating layers of red tape is no easy task in government, but the City of Riverside has undertaken a refresh of review process that empowers staff to make decisions administratively, reducing review times and processes wherever possible.

Shop Riverside

Shop Riverside is a three-fold campaign designed to educate residents on the benefits of shopping locally, generate excitement about Riverside’s broad range of retail and restaurant options and increase sales tax revenue to fund city services. By spending your dollars where you live you are directly impacting your community and quality of life.

The City of Riverside is proud to present the Shop Riverside Community Card. The Community Card increases awareness and traffic for participating businesses and builds shopping loyalty in Riverside, as well as support city services and local education. The card is a remarkable marketing opportunity for local businesses, as well as a highly-effective fundraiser for the local schools and organizations in Riverside.

To participate in the Shop Riverside Program, click here.