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Porterville, lying along the foothills of the Sierras at an elevation of 455 feet, is located on State Highway 65, 165 miles north of Los Angeles, 171 miles east of the Pacific Coast. The City has a strategic central location to major markets and a ready access to major transportation routes.


Nestled against the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, Porterville is a bustling city of over 59,000 and serves as a trade center to over 100,000 people. The economy is a thriving mixture of agribusiness, light industry and commercial enterprise. Local business produce a number of products such as electronic medical instruments, printed forms and specialty documents and food products. Centrally located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Porterville is situated on the eastern edge of California's San Joaquin Valley. Just 17 miles off Highway 99, a primary north-south route, the city is approximately an hour from Fresno and Bakersfield. Enjoy the slower pace, casual lifestyle, and friendliness of a small town without sacrificing quality.  Porterville College serves as a true community partner offering a broad spectrum of career opportunities for local residents. The community hosts a variety of special events, such as the popular Iris Festival, Veteran's Day Parade - Celebration, and much more. Just a quick look at the community calendar provides locals and visitors with information about events in the community. 

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You will need to verify that your proposed site is zoned for your intended use and the appropriate entitlement application submitted by calling or visiting the City Planning Division. Please do this before you sign a lease or purchase land or a building! You must do this before you purchase your Business License. If the proposed site is on or near a State right of way, you may need an encroachment permit. 

For more information on Zoning, contact the City of Porterville Planning Division at (559) 782-7460 or email


Building permits are required in most cases when you plan to make physical changes to the interior or exterior of the building you plan to occupy. For more information contact the City of Porterville Building Division at (559) 782-7480 or email


If you are erecting or painting a sign or awning, you will need a full site review and approval before a permit is issued. For more information, contact the City of Porterville Planning Division at (559) 782-7460 or email 


To assist you in finding the appropriate permitting information for your business, the CalGOLD database provides links and contact information that direct you to agencies that administer and issue business permits, licenses and registration requirements from all levels of government. 
The CalGOLD listings include descriptions of the requirements, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the agencies that administer those requirements and issue the permits and licenses, and most cases a direct link to the agencies' internet web pages.


Some project types are required to pay a variety of development fees. These fees are associated with new commercial and residential developing. The cost are associated with added public infrastructure (roads, parks, library, etc.) needs to serve the development. The City of Porterville offers a deferred payment that allows the development fees to be paid over a period up to ten years without interest. Contact Economic Development Department, Jason Ridenour, for more information at (559) 782-7460.

Opportunity Zones were established by the ratification of the Tax Cuts and jobs Act of 2017, in conjunction with the U.S. Investing in Opportunities Act which created tax incentives for investment in designated census tracts called Opportunity Zones. There were designed to spur growth into low-income communities by encouraging reinvestment of capital gains into certified Opportunity Funds.

The State of California offers a variety of incentive programs to encourage business development in California. To learn more about incentive programs that your business may be eligible for, click on one of the categories below or complete the incentives section of the California Business Navigator.


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