The Columbus Business Development Center, the city's Enterprise Zone, was established to revitalize the area's residential neighborhoods, while creating and retaining jobs for its residents. Business and residential developments, which plan to invest in this area, are given special state and local tax incentives as well as other possible fee exemptions.
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The existing enterprise zone encompasses approximately 2,962 acres and consists of 6 census tracts as displayed in the map below.View Enterprise Zone Map Button
Find out if your property is located within the Columbus Business Development Center (Enterprise Zone) by visiting the GIS Interactive Map app, located at columbus.binarybus.com. From the site, click Launch the Free Standard Viewer button. Also, check the eligibility section below.
Five different ordiances have been approved by City Council since the Enterprise Zone inception in Columbus, GA. They are as follows:
The following businesses and service enterprise developments may qualify for location within the Columbus Business Development Center:
In order to be eligible for incentives, eligible businesses must:
To qualify for tax exemption for the housing enterprise zone, to include new residential construction, residential rehabilitation, or other rehabilitation of an existing structure, the value of the improvement must:
Capital investment or reinvestment by the project equal to or greater than the amount of ad valorem tax abated over the first five years of the tax incentive and consideration for meeting some or all of the following criteria:
Businesses/residential developments, which locate within the Enterprise Zone, may receive tax abatements for the first ten years of operation, excluding property taxes imposed by school districts.The following table describes the tax exemptions that a qualified business/residential development may receive for the first 10 years of operation.
Other incentives that may be granted will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis by the Planning Department and could include exemption from any or all of the following:
The following forms are available in PDF format. After completing the form(s), you are still required to drop the application in our office with the required supporting information.Business Application Button Residential Application Button Residential Business Application Button
Still have questions about enterprise zones? Find answers to the Department's frequently asked questions.
For more information about the Columbus Business Development Center (Enterprise Zone), please contact Verona Campbell, (706) 225-3920.
Government Annex Building
420 10th Street
Columbus, Georgia 31902
Phone: (706) 653-4421
Fax: (706) 653-4534
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