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

OB Storefront Improvement Program (SIP)

Information provided by the Economic Development Department for The City of San Diego on December 4, 2019.

Storefront Improvement Program Goals

  • Coincides with City revitalization activities
  • Community need/demand for change
  • Creative value of project
  • Current condition of building/façade
  • Neighborhood Code compliance issues
  • Contribution to equitable allocation of funds across Council Districts

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

Program Exclusions:

  • Former SIP incentive recipients (within the last 5 years)
  • National franchises, chain stores
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • 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

Application Process

  • Applicant submits Step 1 application
  • City verifies eligibility
  • Architect creates conceptual design
  • Applicant gets bids and start project
  • Applicant submits Step 2 request for reimbursement
  • City evaluates Step 2 application and, if approved, issues award

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: sdbusiness@sandiego.gov

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