Economic Development

Looking to open a new business, expand your existing company or just have a question? Our staff is here to facilitate your needs.


Trying to determine the proper zoning for your company? Have a question about a building tenant improvement?


Installing new racking in your facility or wondering how high you can store your product?


The Ontario Fire Department is here to insure the safety of your employees, your products and the community.

Strike Team Assistance

The City of Ontario’s Strike Team consists of departments from throughout the City who work together to facilitate the attraction, expansion and retention of companies who call or are looking to call Ontario their home. Directors and Managers from all City Agency’s are ready to assist business with any and all needs. Representatives from the various departments below work cooperatively to make sure Ontario surpasses the clients expectations and sets the bar of how municipal government should support its business community. 

  • Economic Development
  • Planning
  • Building
  • Engineering
  • Fire
  • Police
  • Utilities
  • Information Technology  

In Ontario we realize that time is of the essence for establishing, relocating and expanding a business. If you need to expedite your permit to meet specific deadlines, we can work with you to achieve that goal.  While the development and permitting process can be time-consuming and challenging, the City of Ontario provides a one-stop source for moving your projects forward.

What Businesses Say

Ontario’s got a lot of great fundamentals and reasons to do business here. One of the obvious ones is that it’s essentially the gateway to doing business in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. Really an excellent spot for logistics and that’s one of the reasons why we have a manufacturing... Read more

- Andy Peykoff

We’ve been in downtown Ontario since 1933. Ontario has really done a lot of work in downtown over the year. We’ve got the new condominiums and apartments down here that people are moving into, so we’re starting to see a lot of action going on again so, we’re seeing some businesses coming back... Read more

- Jerry Rowley

The City of Ontario has a very unique place in the SCAG Region. The SCAG Region has 190 Cities and Ontario is at the heart of the Region. It has the second largest airport in the region and is actually is one of those cities that we’re looking for to change the urban form and the pattern of how... Read more

- Hasan Ikhrata

Having an airport here in Ontario really benefits our business because it completes a transportation portfolio that’s necessary for today. It’s not uncommon for us to get a call from the East Coast after hours at a dealership and what they can take advantage of our three hour time difference and... Read more

- Ed Huante

The City of Ontario is growing. If you look at the world class international airport, the transportation systems, the 30 year strategy of building this community – that was a significant attraction for us. As we see our members growing throughout the San Bernardino County, this is an area we... Read more

- Greg Christian