Oroville outdoes itself—and the rest of California—when it comes to making businesses feel at home. Discover a goldmine of incentives, flexible zoning options, and formidable infrastructure to support your operations here.

Success Stories

We are honored that so many successful businesses call Oroville home. Below, Metal Works co-owner Michael Phulps explains how Oroville’s abundant, affordable land and supportive local government enabled his business to grow and expand. In his words, “It was the best decision I ever made to locate my business in Oroville. We have so many positive things going for us.”


Locally, the city of Oroville offers a bounty of business-friendly incentives to ease your move here, including:

  • A generous revolving loan fund for business real estate, equipment, inventory and more
  • Oroville is a California-designated Recycling Market Zone, with special incentives for businesses that create new goods from the waste stream
  • County-wide, Oroville partners with the Alliance for Workforce Development, which translates to available subsidized training, plus recruitment, screening, hiring assistance, and more
  • The state of California also provides generous incentives, including a manufacturing equipment/sales-and-use tax exemption, good for up to $200 million in equipment; a new employment credit of $56,000 per employee; and California Competes income tax credits
  • The U.S. government also offers a host of incentives and sector development programs including USDA Rural Development Business and Industry loan guarantees up to $10 million

Affordable land

Oroville’s beautiful 13.1 square miles include thousands of affordable acres that value-minded businesses can buy, lease, or develop. Within Oroville itself, there is:

  • More than 2,100 acres of Intensive Industrial (M-2) zoned land
  • 139 acres of Commercial/Light Manufacturing (CLM)
  • 170 acres of Limited Commercial (M-1)
  • 45 acres of Airport Business Park (ABP)
  • Oroville also qualifies as a U.S. Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) under the Port of West Sacramento, allowing for direct entry of foreign or domestic merchandise—without an overwhelming formal customs entry or onerous excise taxes and duties
  • Oroville’s FTZ is also conveniently located near the ports of Oakland and San Francisco

Current availabilities

Want to see what’s awaiting you in Oroville right now? Download our Development Opportunities brochure, or click here to quickly drill down through your options for available sites, whether it’s commercial, manufacturing, or office space you’re looking for.

Cheapest water (Have we mentioned this yet?)

Oroville has the cheapest water in the United States, bar none. Visit our water page to learn more—and don’t forget to take a look at the recently-approved Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) economic-development rate, which gives qualifying businesses a stunning 30% rate reduction for five full years.