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Attention Martinez business owners: Visit the new City of Martinez COVID-19 Small Business Resource Center to find out about COVID-19 funding opportunities, tax and bill payment relief, and other employer benefits. Follow this link to learn more!

Martinez Business Owners!

No-Cost Temporary Outdoor Permits and Tent/Canopy/Umbrella Permits are available for:

  • Restaurants & Retail, and
  • Personal Services:  Barber Shops, Beauty Salons, Nail Salons, and Massage Services

See below for links to the no-cost application forms by area.

Downtown Area

Dining or Retail Businesses

Personal Service Businesses

K-Rail Barrier Request Application

For more information about the Outdoor Downtown Program, please contact Zach Seal, Senior Management Analyst, at

Non-Downtown Area / Private Property

Dining or Retail Businesses on Private Property

Personal Service Businesses on Private Property

For more information about the Outdoor Private Property Program, please contact Victoria Walker, Interim City Planner, at


All Areas/Public and Private Commercial Property

Tent/Canopy/Umbrella Permit Application

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Dave Scola, Public Works Director at or (925) 372-3565.

Message from Mayor Schroder:

Martinez has lots to offer – whether you are looking for a downtown retail location or need to expand your company – you will find it right here.  

Economic Development focuses on downtown revitalization, strengthening the local economy and promoting Martinez as a destination for new businesses, visitors, and investors.  These efforts are strengthened through coordination with local business organizations, property owners, and business owners.

For more information, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department at (925) 372-3524.

Business Incentive Programs Martinez Advantages
Community Report Card 2015-16 Martinez At a Glance
Demographics Martinez Fast Facts
Developer Guide Martinez Means Business
Downtown Specific Plan Starting a Business

Economic Development Action Plan (EDAP)

The City of Martinez Economic Development Action Plan (EDAP) is a guiding vision for implementing the City's economic development goals. Phase I of the EDAP was presented to the City Council on November 14, 2018 and includes in-depth analyses of the opportunities and challenges in each of the City’s 12 Economic Centers.  

You can review and download the EDAP Phase I Executive Summary.

The full Phase I Report is available below:
EDAP Phase I Report: Economic Center Profiles and Opportunities
Appendix A Community Survey
Appendix B Demographic and Market Report
Appendix C Economic Snapshots
Appendix D Confidence Survey
Appendix E Document Review

Phase II of the EDAP was a City Council Work Session on February 13, 2019 to solicit input on which Core Services and which Economic Centers should be prioritized during the next two-year budget cycle.

You can review and download the following EDAP Phase II documents below:

EDAP Phase II City Council Work Session Workbook
EDAP Phase II City Council Work Session Presentation

Phase III of the EDAP will include recommended action steps and initiatives for the two Priority Economic Centers (Downtown & Howe Pacheco Industrial Corridor) identified at the Phase II Work Session

Look for EDAP Phase III this Spring. Martinez Economic Development - Moving Forward!

If you have any questions about the EDAP or would like to provide feedback, please contact Zach Seal, Senior Management Analyst at (925) 372-3563 or via email at

Business Confidence Surveys

 2019 | November 
 2019 | March 
 2018 | April 
 2018 | September 
 2017 | November