OB Storefront Improvement Program (SIP) | Ocean Beach San Diego CA

OB Storefront Improvement Program (SIP)

The program isn’t funded for FY2021.

We will keep you updated on any changes from the City of San Diego.

Information provided by the Economic Development Department for The City of San Diego on January 30, 2020.

Program Benefits

Professional Design Assistance

Financial Incentives

Standard Incentive

  • Single small business (25 or fewer employees)
  • 1/2 of total project cost ($8,000 maximum)

Multiple-Tenant Property Owner Incentive

  • Property with 3 or more street-facing, small business tenants
  • 1/2 of total project cost ($16,000 maximum)

Historic Restoration Incentive

  • Properties designated as historic structure/building
  • 2/3 of total project cost ($12,000 maximum)

Eligibility Guidelines


  • Located in the City of San Diego
  • 25 or fewer employees
  • Valid Business Tax Certificate
  • Facing the public right of way
  • Business Tenants
  • Property owners
  • Street-level storefront

Program Exclusions:

  • Former SIP incentive recipients (within the last 5 years)
  • National franchises, chain stores
  • Commercial buildings (80,000+ sf)
  • Government buildings
  • Banks
  • Residential structures
  • Religious institutions

Eligible Improvements

  • Awnings
  • Lighting
  • Signage
  • Windows and doors
  • Exterior artwork
  • Defined outdoor spaces
  • Landscaping, planters and street trees
  • Building paint and decorative material
  • Murals
  • Accessibility modifications

Application Process

  • Applicant submits online application
  • City verifies eligibility
  • Architect creates conceptual design
  • Property owner approves design
  • Applicant completes project
  • Applicant submits online request for reimbursement
  • City evaluates request for reimbursement and issues check

Application available online: www.sandiego.gov/storefront


City of San Diego Economic Development Department

Website: www.sandiego.gov/economic-development

Telephone: (619) 236-6700

Email: [email protected]

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