- Coordination of permit processing and inspections
to assure fast-tracking.
- On a case-by-case basis, the City has allowed
planning application permit fees to be paid over time. If you
qualify under the Business Incentive Zone (BIZ), fees may be paid
over a five year period as explained in item number 13.
- Incentives for reducing development impact
fees may include the following if approved by City Council:
Up to a 10% reduction in fees determined
by a development’s total payroll; plus up to a 10% reduction
in fees determined by the amount of sales tax generated by a
development, per this formula:
- Development Impact Fees - In development
taking place in one of our three redevelopment project areas the
following can apply. For three full tax years subsequent to completion
of development, payment of an amount equal to one-half of the
tax increment from the new development/expansion can be applied
to development impact fees not to exceed fees paid for development.
This option available only if located in the Redevelopment Project
- A Design Review (site plan) application
must be filed for all new construction projects other than single-family
residences. A Conditional Use Permit application is required for
some “sensitive” land uses. When both a Design Review
application AND a Conditional Use Permit application are required,
only one application, the Conditional Use Permit application,
must be filed. This saves time and money.
- What is “fast tracking” for
some communities is normal operating procedure for the City of
Tulare. For instance, CEQA (environmental) review is reduced in
time to its statutory limits. This means that most planning applications
can be filed and acted upon within thirty (30) days.
- At the option of the applicant, in an effort
to save time in the development process, construction drawings
for plan checking and a building permit may be filed at the same
time as planning applications, or even in advance of submittal
of planning permit applications. A time savings of between three
(3) to six (6) weeks may be realized by choosing this option.
- In order to further reduce development
time, on a case-by-case basis, building permits may be split into
parts. For instance, it is not uncommon to issue a grading permit
in advance of the remainder of the building permit.
- The City of Tulare has a professional plan
checker to assist in the plan checking process. This professional
employee will be available to answer questions regarding building
codes and offer professional advice on construction methods and
materials. Plan checking time will take approximately four (4)
weeks to about days (7) days depending upon complexity of plans
- The City will endeavor to maximize the
considerable employment training options available in our area
to meet the employer’s needs. Maximum tax dollars available
are $2,000 per employee, or $40,000 for 20 employees. If applicants
qualify under the Enterprise Zone (EZ) state tax credits
of up to $37,000 per employee may be obtained as mentioned in
item number 13.
- The City will work with the employer’s
tax advisor to maximize benefits to the employer. The City offers
to assist in obtaining favorable financing via Small Business
Administration (SBA) loans or other advantageous means.
- Commercial Loan Program - loans of up to
$30,000 to small businesses can be made through our Redevelopment
Department for the improvement of commercial and industrial properties.
All loans subject to agency approval.
- The City of Tulare is participating in
the Sequoia Valley Enterprise Zone (EZ) program which includes
but is not limited to the following:
- Be able to pay development fees over five years without interest
or administrative fee, with the first installment due upon occupancy
and five annual installments thereafter.
State incentives available to qualifying
companies under the BIZ:
- Tax credits for sales and use taxes paid on the purchase
of certain machinery, machinery parts, and equipment.
- Up to $37,000 in State Tax Credits are available over five
years for each eligible employee hired.
- Fifteen years net operating loss carry-forward
- Accelerated expensing deduction
- Employer hiring assistance
- Net interest deduction for lenders
- Preference points on state contracts
Availability of trained labor at low