Enterprise Zone

The South Apopka and Orange County Enterprise Zones are 2 of 51 zones established by the Florida Legislature. Businesses located in these zones are eligible for state tax incentives for hiring new employees and making business investments. Enterprise Zones are administered by local governments (Orange County). Each zone is required to have an Enterprise Zone Development Agency and a strategic plan for revitalizing the area. Any business located within the Enterprise Zone can receive credits and refunds on state sales, and corporate income taxes. Refunds of sales taxes on building materials used to rehabilitate residences and businesses in the Enterprise Zone also are available. Applications can be submitted at anytime. However, the jobs credit programs require a permanent employee to be hired for a minimum of three (3) full calendar months before the business is eligible to receive benefits. In addition, applications must be submitted prior to the employee having worked six months. Applications may be requested from Orange County's Planning Division at 407-836-5600 (phone), 407-836-5862 (fax), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email). Forms may also be downloaded from either the County or State's Enterprise Zone websites (OC Ezone or www.floridaenterprisezone.com). Technical assistance is available. The EZDA staff is pleased to provide assistance and advice by phone or electronic mail. For a more detailed consultation, businesses can make an appointment by calling the Planning Division at 407-836-5600.

The Orange County Planning Division verifies that the business is operating in a manner consistent with the program's requirements when the application is submitted. The Planning Division also maintains program files and submits quarterly reports to the State of Florida. The Enterprise Zone incentives can help reduce the costs of business relocation, expansion, renovation, and job creation. The program has helped all type of businesses including retail stores, restaurants, nurseries, and child care facilities. The Enterprise Zone Program provides incentives only AFTER the applicant has made an investment. The program does not offer loans or grants. The Enterprise Zone Program was reauthorized by the Legislature until 2015. This allows a business owner several years to benefit from the program when planning to purchase equipment, buy or renovate property, or hire new employees. To be eligible, all Census Block Groups included within the Enterprise Zone must have at least 20 percent poverty rate, and half of the Block Groups must have poverty rates of at least 30 percent. A business owner must own a building only to qualify for the child care facility exemption. If you are leasing or renting the property, you can still qualify for the rest of the incentives. Businesses can benefit from the building materials application only once, but may submit job tax credit, property tax credit, and business equipment applications more than once, if eligible investments are made.