The City of Maryland Heights supports responsible and attractive development within its
boundaries and maintains a business-friendly environment. Great location, accessibility,
and a supportive local government are among the many qualities that attract businesses
to Maryland Heights.
Recent Relocations and Expansions:
Planning & Zoning
The Community Development Department works with new and existing businesses to
encourage development through a cooperative approach to land use regulation, plan
review, code enforcement, inspections, and permitting.
You can find a detailed explanation of the development and zoning process by clicking here.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting City Planner Mike Zeek,
at (314) 738-2232.
Please click here to view current development opportunities.
The City of Maryland Heights offers a number of state-authorized development incentives.
We are open to discussing the applicability and process for applying for these incentives.
For more information, please contact Assistant to the City Administrator Kris Simpson, at (314) 738-2203.
The incentives available from the city are as follows:
- Tax Abatement under Chapter 353 RSMo
- Requires a finding of blight. Tax abatement reduces the tax burden of a property by
freezing the property taxes of the redevelopment area for a certain period of time -
up to 25 years.
- Community Improvement District (CID)
- Requires a finding of blight. CIDs are a separate political subdivision, meaning the
district is a single-purpose local government, with a board of directors, budget, voters, etc...
- CIDs have the authority to levy sales taxes, property taxes and special assessments
within their boundaries - among other things. The revenues generated by these
additional taxes can then be used to finance certain public improvements and services.
- Transportation Development District (TDD)
- TDDs are a separate political subdivision, meaning the district s a single-purpose local
government, with a board of directors, budget, voters, etc...
- TDDs have authority to levy sales taxes, property taxes and special assessments
within their boundaries, among other things. They operate much like a CID, where the revenues created from these additional taxes can then be used to finance certain public improvements and services associated with a development. TDDs also have less flexibility in terms of what type of projects may be funded. Typically, they are limited to projects that are related to transportation.
- Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
- TIFs require a finding of blight. TIF districts capture a portion of the incremental tax
revenue generated by a project for a certain number of years. That incremental
revenue is then used to pay for eligible project costs.
- Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
- PACE is an economic development tool that enables property owners to finance energy
efficiency or renewable energy projects through an annual property tax assessment.
This may be advantageous to the property owner as it reduces the amount of cash
needed up front to undertake a redevelopment project. Additionally, the assessment
is tied to the property - so the current owner is not required to pay off the outstanding
loan if they wish to sell. Instead, the obligation transfers to the new owner - who also
benefits from the energy improvements.
In order to make applying for incentives easier, the city has prepared the following guides:
There are other incentives offered by St. Louis County and the State of Missouri.
Click here for a list of incentives offered by the State of Missouri.
For information about these incentives, please contact the Missouri Department
of Economic Development:
Phone: (573) 751-4539
Click here for a list of incentives offered by St. Louis County.
For information about these incentives, please contact Monica Conners with the
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, Business Development Division:
Phone: (314) 615-5038