The City of Arlington offers a variety of Economic Development incentives designed to create jobs, new capital investment and spur redevelopment within our community. Incentive offerings are provided on a case-by-case basis and are designed to meet the specific needs of each client. Therefore, the following list of incentive offerings is designed simply as a starting point for further discussions with our experienced Economic Development staff members.

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Tax Abatements - City of Arlington

Tax abatement may be granted for eligible facilities on all or a portion of the increased taxable value of real and/or personal property over the Base Year Value. Projects may be eligible for up to 90% abatement on real or personal property, but not both unless negotiated, for a period of ten years. 

Tax Abatements - Tarrant County

Projects may also be eligible for an abatement of County taxes for a period of ten years on the value added to real or new business personal property. A separate application for abatement of County taxes must be filed with the County Administrator's Office. The Tarrant County Commissioner's Court has final authority on the level and term of the abatement program. While the exact level of abatement will have to be determined, previous experience with the County on other economic development projects indicate a willingness to closely align with the level of abatement provided by the City. 

Chapter 380 Economic Development Grants

The City of Arlington offers economic development grants under Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code. Chapter 380 agreements are also negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Click here to read the City's full Chapter 380 Policy. 

Infrastructure Participation

The City of Arlington has a track record of facilitating development through enhancement of water, sewer, and roadway infrastructure relevant to sites selected for significant projects as needed.

Fee Waivers

The City of Arlington provides for a full waiver of all development fees including Platting, Building Permit, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing on eligible projects.

Texas Enterprise Fund - State of Texas

The City of Arlington can pursue grant funding for eligible projects under the Texas Enterprise Fund. The 78th Texas Legislature established the Texas Enterprise Fund to provide financial resources to help strengthen the state's economy. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House must unanimously agree to support the use of the Texas Enterprise Fund for each specific project.

Projects that are considered for Enterprise Fund support must demonstrate a project's worthiness, maximize the benefit to the State of Texas and realize a significant rate of return of the public dollars being used for economic development in Texas. Capital investment, job creation, wages generated, financial strength of the applicant, applicant's business history, analysis of the relevant business sector, and federal and local government and private sector financial support of a project will all be significant factors in approving the use of the Enterprise Fund.

Texas Enterprise Zone Program - State of Texas

The City of Arlington can nominate projects as an enterprise project under the Texas Enterprise Zone Program. Upon the City's designating a business as an enterprise project, and upon that project's designation being approved by the state, the business would be eligible for the following incentives:

  • An enterprise project is eligible for a refund of state sales and use taxes paid for building materials, machinery and equipment, electricity and natural gas purchased and consumed in the normal course of business and depending on investment amount and number of jobs created/retained.
  • Further eligible items include tangible personal property purchased and consumed in the normal course of business and taxable services.

Tax Exemptions

Projects could be eligible for state sales & use tax exemptions on leased or purchased machinery, equipment, replacement parts, and accessories that have a useful life of more than six months, and that are used or consumed in the manufacturing, processing, fabricating, or repairing of tangible personal property for ultimate sale.

Texas businesses are exempt from paying state sales and use tax on labor for constructing new facilities. Texas businesses are exempt from paying state sales and use tax on the purchase of machinery exclusively used in processing, packing, or marketing agricultural products by the original producer at a location operated by the original producer.

Texas companies are exempt from paying state sales and use tax on electricity and natural gas used in manufacturing, processing, or fabricating tangible personal property. The company must complete a "predominant use study" that shows that at least 50% of the electricity or natural gas consumed by the business directly causes a physical change to a product.

Triple Freeport Exemption

Arlington has Triple Freeport, the exemption of Freeport property from taxation by all three taxing jurisdictions- The City of Arlington, Tarrant County and the Arlington Independent School District for inventory leaving the State within 175 days. The exemption covers goods that are detained in the state for purposes of assembling, storing, manufacturing, processing, or fabricating by the person who acquired or imported the property.

The Freeport exemption includes a total exemption for personal property, excluding petroleum products, which is detained in Texas for a temporary period (175 days or fewer) for assembling, storing, manufacturing, processing, or fabrication purposes. Applications for Freeport exemptions must be filed with the county appraisal district, and the chief appraiser will compute the exemption, if any.

Tax Increment Financing District (TIF)/Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ)

The terms "TIF," "Tax Increment Finance District," "TIRZ," and "Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone," are terms used interchangeably. Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones are created by authority of the Tax Increment Financing Act, Texas Tax Code, Chapter 311.

The Arlington City Council created the reinvestment zones, established a Board of Directors for each TIRZ and has granted the boards authority to exercise all powers necessary to implement their respective project and financing plans, consistent with state law.

Arlington has Three Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ) that include:

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Incentive Definitions

The Texas Enterprise Fund provides the state's leaders with a "deal closing fund" that has the flexibility and financial resources to help strengthen the state's economy. The fund can be used for a variety of economic development projects, including infrastructure development, community development, job training programs and business incentives. Before funds can be awarded, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker must unanimously agree to support the use of the Texas Enterprise Fund for each specific project. These funds will be used primarily to attract new businesses to the state or assist with the substantial expansion of an existing business as part of a competitive recruitment situation.

The Emerging Technology Fund (ETF), created by the Texas Legislature at the urging of Governor Rick Perry provides Texas with an unparalleled advantage by expediting the development and commercialization of new technologies, and by recruiting the best research talent in the world. Matching and commercialization funds coupled with additional federal and outside investments mean new technology is emerging in Texas.

Public Improvement Districts (PIDS) are special areas created at the request of the property owners in the district. These owners pay an additional assessment with their taxes, which is used for services beyond the City's basic service level.

Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) work the same as PIDs, which are special areas created at the request of the property owners in the district. Currently, the city only has one active BID program in downtown to help business owners with services beyond the City's basic service level. These owners also pay an additional assessment with their taxes to achieve this.

Enterprise Zones are economically distressed geographic areas that have been targeted for business development. Assistance is provided through financial incentives offered by both the State of Texas and the City in which the zone is located. State incentives are directed toward encouraging businesses to locate and expand in an enterprise zone, primarily by offering reductions in sales and franchise taxes to businesses that meet certain requirements.

Tax Increment Finance/Reinvestment Zones
The purpose of the TIF/TIRZ districts is to reimburse private developers for public infrastructure improvements that may contribute to a financial gap on a specific project. This reimbursement is funded by the added taxes generated by the new development that occurs within the boundaries of the district or zone.