Economic Development and Asset Management

Doing Business in Upland

The vision for economic development in the City of Upland

A well balanced City where business complements and adds to the quality of life for all who live, work, shop and play in Upland.

The mission statement established to achieve this vision

Facilitate the growth, diversification and stability of the Upland economy; create prosperous income opportunities for all citizens of the City; expand the economy; and provide a sustainable future for Upland.

Obtaining a Business License

The City of Upland welcomes you to its business community. Starting a business can be exciting and challenging. We wish you success in your new venture!

The City of Upland requires all businesses operating within the City limits, including property owners and independent contractors, to obtain a business license and to pay the business license tax prior to commencing business operations.

Please click here for more information on obtaining a business license in the City of Upland. If you need further assistance or help applying for a business license, you are welcome to contact the City of Upland Business Support Center at or by phone at (909) 348-0460.  You may also reference the Business License Handbook below.

Additional Business Resources

CoStar Group

The City has partnered with CoStar Group (CoStar) to gain access to their commercial real estate database which has access to the following:

  • Property owner, property manager, and realtor contact information
  • Property sale and lease information
  • Building, lot, and site information
  • Interior and exterior photos of building

To inquire about a specific property, please send request to Liz Chavez, via email at

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board and the California Employers Association

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board and the California Employers Association is providing a series of free workshops for employers, covering a wide range of topics geared towards providing human resources and workforce solutions.

Upland Chamber of Commerce

The Upland Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of the business community, a public relations arm of the City and Upland's "front door" where visitors can come and get information about the City. This information includes not only local sites and areas to visit but also a source of information for business and residential relocation to our City.  For more information click here.

San Bernardino Economic Development Agency

The County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency's Mission is to create, maintain and grow the economic value of the County. The agency focuses on utilizing County resources to spur private investment; assisting companies with site selection, expansion and relocation needs; developing an educated, and high-skilled workforce; and elevating the quality of life for residents.  For more information click here.

Upland Heritage

Upland Heritage was originally founded in 1989 as the Upland Historical Preservation Society by a group of citizens concerned with the destruction of Upland’s historic homes and buildings.  The Society has formed historic districts; recognized on the Local and National Registers, brought the Mills Act to Upland, and provide educational materials and workshops to teach about historic preservation.  For more information click here

Historic Downtown Upland

Historic Downtown Upland is a group of downtown merchants who work together to promote and enhance the historic business district.  Downtown is made up of nearly 200 businesses providing a diversity of merchandise and services.  

Inland Empire Economic Partnership

The Inland Empire Economic Partnership is dedicated to bringing jobs, economic opportunities and a better quality of life to the residents of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  For more information click here.

GO-Biz California Competes Tax Credit

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) will be accepting applications for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC). A total of $394 million in California Competes Tax Credit is available during this application period for businesses that are expanding and adding full-time jobs in the state. 

Applications for the tax credit will be accepted online at during the following periods:

July 26, 2021 through August 16, 2021 ($150 Million available)

January 3, 2022 through January 24, 2022 ($140 Million available)

March 7, 2022 through March 28, 2022 ($104.7 Million available)

The online application can be accessed directly by clicking here.  You may find all information on CalCompetes on their page here

Businesses interested in learning more about the CCTC can participate in free application webinars as follows:

July 28, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. 

August 5, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

August 10, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Click here for the webinar schedule and registration information. 

If you have any questions regarding the CCTC program or application process, please call (916) 322-4051 or email

About the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth and economic development efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention, and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, regulatory guidance, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information, visit the State's website by clicking here.



460 N. Euclid Avenue
Upland, CA 91786
(909) 931-4100

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.