Enterprise Zone


Enterprise Zone

Although the State eliminated the State Enterprise Zone Program on December 31, 2013, all Enterprise Zones may continue to accept and process Hiring Credit voucher applications up until January 1, 2015.  Pasadena businesses may continue to submit applications for qualified employees hired on or prior to December 31, 2013 for both the 1992 and 2007 Pasadena Enterprise Zone Designations.

The Pasadena Enterprise Zone office has issued a “not to guarantee” date of December 1, 2014 for the Hiring Credit Program.  All complete Hiring Credit applications received prior to December 1st will be processed.  However any applications received after December 1st, due to anticipated high volume, the Pasadena Enterprise Zone Office cannot guarantee to process before January 1, 2015.

Contact Melissa Alva, Enterprise Zone Manager, at (626) 744-7347 or by email at malva@cityofpasadena.net for questions or information.


Hiring Credit Application Process

Pasadena Enterprise Zone business have until December 31, 2014 to submit any voucher applications for employees hired on or prior to December 31, 2013 for both the 1992 and 2007 Designations.  Each qualified employee may earn the company a five-year state tax credit, potentially up to $37,000.
A completed Hiring Credit application consists of the following:

    • Enterprise Zone Hiring Tax Credit Voucher Application

Hiring Credit Application

    • Income Verification Form – only if submitting under Economic Disadvantaged category
    • Supporting Documentation

Supporting Documentation

    • Copy of Targeted Employment Area Street Range page – only if submitting under Targeted Employment Area category

Pasadena processing fee is $102 per application. Please endorse check to “City of Pasadena” and mail to:

City of Pasadena – Economic Development
Attn: Melissa Alva
100 North Garfield Avenue, 4th Floor
Pasadena, CA 91101


Are You in the Zone?

Enterprise Zone Street Ranges

To determine if your business can apply for the Hiring Credit Program, please reference the below street ranges to see if your business address was part of the 1992 Zone, 2007 Zone or Both.

1992 Zone

  • Original Area  – April 10, 1992 to April 9, 2007
  • Expanded Area – September 13, 1999 to April 9, 2007

1992 Altadena-Pasadena EZ Street Ranges

2007 Zone

  • Original Area – April 10, 2007 to December 31, 2013
  • 1st Expanded Area – March 6, 2008 to December 31, 2013
  • 2nd Expanded Area – January 12, 2012 to December 31, 2013

2007 EZ Street Ranges

Targeted Employment Area (TEA) Street Ranges

Please use these ranges only if you are qualifying employees hired on or prior to December 31, 2013.

1992 & 2007 Combined TEA Ranges

2013 Pasadena TEA


Pasadena FAQ’s

Pasadena Enterprise Zone FAQs

(1) Has the Enterprise Zone Program, with all five state tax incentives, been eliminated?

Yes, both AB93 and SB90 have eliminated all five state tax credits with the Enterprise Zone Program. Enterprise Zone businesses have until December 31, 2013 to take advantage of these tax credit programs.

(2) Will I be able to submit applications for the Hiring Credit Program?

Yes, Pasadena businesses have until December 31, 2014 to submit hiring credit applications for any qualified employees hired in 2013 or prior in order to collect a State Hiring Credit.

(3) What about Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs)?

On July 10, 2013, the Department of Housing and Community Development approved new TEA census tracts for the City of Pasadena. The effective date is retroactive to January 1, 2013.

(4) What happens to the State tax credits my company has earned after December 31, 2012?

Enterprise Zone businesses are no longer able to carry forward any earned credits until exhausted. Instead, Enterprise Zone businesses are only able to carry forward the credits up to 10 years from January 1, 2014.

(5) I heard that the State created another set of tax credit programs that will begin on January 1, 2014, what are they?

With the passage of SB 90 and AB 93, also known as the Governor’s Economic Development Initiative, the Enterprise Zone program was replaced with three new tools for economic development in California. Those tools include a targeted hiring credit, a sales and use tax exemption for manufacturing and R&D equipment purchases and a new flexible tax credit for business attraction and expansion called “California Competes.” For more information, please visit www.ftb.ca.gov/businesses/Economic_Development_Incentives/.


Melissa Alva, Enterprise Zone Manager
General Phone: (626) 744-4660
Direct Line: (626) 744-7347
Fax: (626) 396-8790
Email: malva@cityofpasadena.net

Mailing Address

City of Pasadena
Attn: Melissa Alva
100 North Garfield Avenue, 4th Floor
Pasadena, CA 91101