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Enterprise Zones

The Enterprise Zone program provides state and local incentives to businesses that invest and create jobs within Virginia’s enterprise zones, which are located throughout the state. Norfolk’s Enterprise Zone boundaries were last updated in 2016. The interactive map below shows Norfolk’s Enterprise Zone boundaries.  Type an address into the search box to zoom to the property and view the Enterprise Zone boundaries.

Local Incentives:

  • Utility Tax Relief
  • Business License Tax Relief
  • Building Permit Fee Relief
  • Tax Abatement Program for Renovation of Commercial and Industrial Structures
  • Other Non-Cash Incentives
For more information on the local and state incentives, please click here.

Eligibility Requirements

For the local and state eligibility requirements, please click here. The Norfolk Economic Development Department must qualify businesses for local incentives

Application Process

    • Applicant – Submits application to Enterprise Zone Administrator
    • Economic Development
      • Confirms business is within the Enterprise Zone
      • Determines if project meets eligibility requirements
      • Review supporting documentation
    • Treasures Office
      • Confirms business is in good standing (i.e. all taxes are paid)
    • Commissioner of Revenue
      • Reviews supporting documentation
      • Determines relief amount (Utility Tax and Business License Tax Relief)
    • Finance Department
      • Approves and sends out refund or approves permit reduction

Contact Information

Important Information for Applicants

Eligible Applicants certified for BPOL and Permit Fee Reductions should apply for incentives prior to applying for a new or renewed business license and new permits

The business must continue to file each year during the planned period or forfeit the tax reduction for that year only.

Links and Downloads for Applicants

Helpful Guidelines for State Application

When completing Part 1: Background Information on either the Enterprise Zone Job Creation Grant or Real Property Investment Grant Application, please use the following information for #11-15 on the Job Creation Grant Application and #9-13 on the Real Property Investment Grant Application:

  • Zone Name: Norfolk
  • Zone #: 7
  • Zone Designation Date: 01/01/2010
  • Signature of Local Zone Administrator: Once completed, please email the application to our office for a signature.