Site Selection

Site Selection

Avondale is the location of choice for forward thinking investors and business owners. Our team of Economic Development professionals is available to help you through your preliminary site selection requirement all the way to celebrating a grand opening with a ribbon cutting event and supporting growth and expansion as your business continues to grow.

Available Sites

Development Team, Public hearing & City Council

Approval Process

Application Types

  • Business License
  • Design Review Waiver
  • Site Plan/ Design Review
  • Electrical Connections
  • Revision of Existing Permits
  • Home Occupations
  • New Construction
  • Civil Engineering; Plans & Reports
  • Non-Conforming Uses
  • Seasonal Sales
  • Temporary & Permanent Sign Permits
  • Tenant Improvements Wireless
  • Communications Uses (that do not
 require CUP)
  • Landscape Plans
  • Final Plat Minor
  • Land Division
  • City Center Site Plan
  • Conditional Use Permit Days
  • Rezoning
  • General Plan Amendment

Time Frame

Administrative Completeness

1st: 8 days 2nd: 6 days

SUBSTANTIVE REVIEW

1st: 12 days 2nd: 6 days

OVERALL

34 City working days
* Time frames applicable unless otherwise exempt under A.R.S.§ 9-835(N)

Incentives & Business Assistance

  • Quality Jobs Tax Credit

    The Quality Jobs tax credit encourages business investment and the creation of high-quality employment opportunities in the state.

    The Quality Jobs tax credit encourages business investment and the creation of high-quality employment opportunities in the state.

    Quality Jobs accomplishes this goal by providing tax credits to employers creating a minimum number of net new quality jobs and making a minimum capital investment in Arizona.

    The Quality Jobs tax credit offers up to $9,000 of Arizona income or premium tax credits spread over a three-year period for each net new quality job ($3,000 per year).

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  • Computer Data Center Program

    This program encourages computer data center (CDC) operation and expansion in Arizona by providing TPT and Use Tax exemptions on qualifying purchases.

    This program encourages computer data center (CDC) operation and expansion in Arizona by providing TPT and Use Tax exemptions on qualifying purchases.

    The Program accomplishes this objective by providing Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) and Use Tax exemptions at the state, county and local levels, on qualifying purchases of CDC Equipment. The CDC incentive is administered by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR).

    The TPT and Use Tax exemptions provided by the incentive are available if all of the following are satisfied:

    • An Applicant submits an Application for CDC Certification (Application) and receives a Letter of Certification from the ACA.
    • The CDC Owner, Operator, and/or Qualified Co-location Tenant collectively satisfy the requisite Capital Investment Threshold in a timely manner and the Applicant submits to the ACA evidence of satisfaction that a Capital Investment of at least $50 million is made within five years of the date of the Letter of CDC Certification from the ACA
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  • Opportunity Zones

    Opportunity Zones are designed to spur economic development by providing tax benefits to investors.

    Opportunity Zones are designed to spur economic development by providing tax benefits to investors.

    First, investors can defer tax on any prior gains until the earlier of the date on which an investment is sold or exchanged, or December 31, 2026, so long as the gain is reinvested in a Qualified Opportunity Fund.

    Second, if the investor holds the investment in the Opportunity Fund for at least ten years, the investor would be eligible for an increase in basis equal to the fair market value of the investment on the date that the investment is sold or exchanged.

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  • Foreign Trade Zone

    Foreign Trade Zones allow participating businesses to reduce their real and personal property tax liabilities.

    Foreign Trade Zones allow participating businesses to reduce their real and personal property tax liabilities.

    The City, as a member community of the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone (GMFTZ), can provide the assistance and expertise necessary to expedite the approval of your facility’s application for foreign trade zone designation. The GMFTZ allows participating businesses located within this zone to reduce their real and personal property tax liabilities from 18% valuation to a 5% valuation.

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  • Infill Incentive

    Eligible projects will receive a 50% reduction in building permits and plan review fees.

    Eligible projects within commercial and residential incentive areas will receive a 50% reduction in building permits and plan review fees.

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  • Qualified Facility Tax Credit

    The Qualified Facility tax credit was established to promote the location and expansion of manufacturing facilities, including manufacturing-related research & development or headquarters facilities.

    The Qualified Facility tax credit was established by the Arizona legislature in 2012, and amended in 2016, to promote the location and expansion of manufacturing facilities, including manufacturing-related research & development or headquarters facilities.

    The goal of the program is to encourage business investment that will produce high-quality employment opportunities for citizens of Arizona and enhance Arizona’s position as a center for corporate headquarters, commercial research, and manufacturing. The Program accomplishes this goal by providing a refundable tax credit to taxpayers who are expanding or locating a Qualified Facility in Arizona.

    A company may be eligible for tax credits if it:

    • Makes a Capital Investment of at least $250,000 to establish or expand a Qualified Facility that devotes at least 80% of the property and payroll to qualified manufacturing, manufacturing-related research & development, or headquarters.
    • Creates net new full-time employment positions for the project, of which at least 51% are paid at least 125% of the state’s annual median production wage if located in an urban area or 100% of the state’s annual median production wage if located in a rural area.
    • Offers to pay at least 65% of the health insurance premiums for all net new full-time employment positions.
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Opportunity Zones

Site Services

Site Selection Assistance

Our highly experienced team is ready to assist you in identifying the perfect location for your project. Contact us to discuss your requirements, review available properties, and schedule a site tour with one of our experts.

Resource Accessibility

Economic Development partners with state and regional agencies, educational institutions, workforce organizations, job-training programs and start-up resources to provide a complete customer service experience dedicated to helping your business succeed.

Market Reports & Research

Our research team is available to assist you and your project with a variety of customized reports and analyses covering topics such as workforce, taxes, incentives, wages, utilities, and many more.

Ceremonies

Ground Breaking, Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies - Work hand in hand with our team to plan and implement a commemorative event, attended by City Leadership, for your newly minted business.

Concierge Service

Our knowledgeable team, with its decades of industry experience, will help you navigate all facets of development services, including businesses licenses, planning, zoning, permits and more.

Business Expansion & Retention Program

Engaging with our local businesses and recent locates is a priority for our team. We are committed to establishing an open line of communication with organizations throughout the city in order to provide technical assistance, distribute information on new resources and programs, and maintain strong bonds throughout Avondale’s business community.

Additional Services

One Avi Ambassador Program – Existing and recently located Avondale businesses are invited to attend these exclusive roundtable events hosted by the city’s Office of Economic Development and Development & Engineering Services Department.

Green Business Program - Businesses that elect to participate in this free program will have access to exclusive training and new information that will keep them up to date with the latest sustainability practices.