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The Department of Community Development provides a full range of services to the business community. If your business is contemplating a new or expanding facility in Portage, the Department of Community Development will provide the support needed to see your project through to completion.
To assure that your projects proceeds on schedule, a four step Development Review process is followed that begins with 1) Development Plan Approval, 2) Building Plan Approval, 3) Construction Inspections and finally 4) Final Occupancy Approval. The City of Portage Development Review Team is ready to work with your team through the four step process. The Development Review Team meets on a weekly basis to review ongoing projects that keeps work moving along in a timely manner. This comprehensive approach to planning and executing projects enables business owners to save time and minimize costs. Team members work with designers and builders to solve complex issues and ensure that project planning, zoning, engineering, utility and fire safety details are consistent with standards adopted by the City of Portage.
In business, time is money and it is important to know that the Department of Community Development is working expeditiously for you to provide a thorough, consistent and efficient process for the review and approval of your important project. For further information on the Development Review process, view our Guide to Development (PDF) or contact the Development Officer at 269-329-4474.
The City of Portage has several business incentives and innovative financing tools available to businesses with business (re)investment. These tools include:
The most commonly used business incentive is the Industrial Tax Abatement for eligible businesses. For further regarding the incentives and financing tools listed above, please contact the Department of Community Development at 269-329-4477.
Complete the City of Portage Contractor License Registration/Renewal Information form and provide it with a photocopy of your contractors license to the Department of Community Development. For convenience, the form can also be mailed or faxed.