Permitting and Incentives

Getting set up for business in Oklahoma City is easy. Some types of retail businesses require a City license, and you may need a state or county license before you can obtain a city license. You’ll also want to make sure your location is appropriately zoned for your project. If you’re looking to build new, you’ll need to apply for a commercial building permit. The City’s website has a good guide on how to obtain building permits.

Incentives will be considered for retailers who meet the following criteria:

  1. Destination Retail Project: is a development that contains a retailer or group of retailers who will offer a product or good unique to the market and otherwise not available for purchase at a retail business physically located in Oklahoma City. Each destination retailer must have a minimum of $20 million in annual sales.
  2. Regional Retail Project: is a development that contains at least 250,000 square feet of net usable retail space that attracts at least 50 percent of its customer sales from outside a 25-mile radius of the center of Oklahoma City and is not within 100 miles of the nearest competitor.
  3. Underserved Area: a project that provides retail development to an under-served area. The retail establishment must contain at least 5,000 square feet of usable retail space and offer an essential product that would improve the quality of life for the residents and businesses located in the area.
  4. Redevelopment Area: is a development with at least 5,000 square feet usable of retail space located within an area that has been predetermined by a public process to require strategic redevelopment such as an area plan or sector plan prepared by the City and/or through the establishment of a TIF district and/or an area.

For more information on the Retail Incentive Policy, please contact Tammy Fate.

Other helpful links for development: https://www.okc.gov/departments/development-services

Visit our affiliate sites

Shop Oklahoma City Oklahoma Cityís first Native American-owned brewery has opened! Skydance Brewing Co., at 1 NE Seventh St., represents a new perspective on the cityís bustling craft brewery industry.
Shop Oklahoma City If you havenít already noticed, signs of the coming holidays are popping up throughout the metro. From the opening of North Pole City to holiday decorations already appearing in many retail outlets and shops.
Shop Oklahoma City Nearly two dozen local shops will display their products in igloo-like structures on the corner of NW 10th and Hudson each Fri-Sat until Dec. 19. This event, organized by Independent Shopkeepers Association is a great opportunity to #ShopSmallForOKC
@okcretail Recently ranked sixth in the nation for most affordable housing, Oklahoma City makes it affordable to own a home and enjoy all our community has to offer. Learn more here.
@okcretail For September, the Oklahoma City MSA had an unemployment rate of just 1.9%--the lowest it's been in over 30 years.
@okcretail We're looking forward to ICSC Here We Go in Las Vegas. Come visit us at booth 7572 to learn more about Oklahoma City!
Welcome to OKC | Property Search | Success Stories | Districts - Regional | Districts - Neighborhood | News
maps | about us | contact us | sitemap