Local Incentives

The greatest incentive for starting a business in Pascagoula is the market data which shows an underserved population of approximately 53,000 residents within the city limits of Pascagoula, Gautier, and Moss Point; 132,922 residents of Jackson County, the fifth largest in the state; and 155,603 residents in the Pascagoula Metropolitan Area. Over 23,000 people work in Pascagoula every day, and the economic and retail data clearly show that these people have unmet commercial needs.

The City of Pascagoula is committed to continuing its investment in infrastructure, transportation, and aesthetics, and to provide complete support for the development of small and large business within the City.

Local Incentives


Entertainment District


The City of Pascagoula has a designated entertainment district. Read the Resolution (PDF).


Residential Development Incentive Program (PDF)


The Residential Development Incentive Program offered by the City of Pascagoula consists of a waiver of fees up to $5,000 for the construction of a new, single-family dwelling of over $150,000 in value. The fees being waived as a part of this program include permit, inspection, and utility connection fees.


Resort Status (PDF)


The City of Pascagoula was recently approved for a Resort Status. The City's Resort Status allows restaurants withing the City limits to operate 24 hours a day and be able to sell alcoholic beverages under the local option alcoholic beverage law.


Central Business District Commercial Tax Exemption (PDF)


The City of Pascagoula offers a Central Business District Commercial Tax Abatement up to 80% on ad valorem taxation on the increase in accessed value on new structures or improvements to renovations of existing structures located in the designated Central Business District (PDF) for up to seven (7) years excluding school taxes.View the Central Business District Tax Abatement Policy (PDF), and to apply, please download the Tax Abatement Application (PDF).

For more information on Central Business District Commercial Tax Abatement Policy, contact the Community and Economic Development at 228-938-6651. If approved by the City, applicants are encouraged to apply for Jackson County's reciprocal Tax Abatement Program. For more information call  228-762-3391.

Central Business District Residential Tax Exemption (PDF)


Pascagoula Central Business District (CBD) Residential Tax Exemption Policy was established to promote private investment and economic growth within the City of Pascagoula. The Exemption will allow for up to an 100% exemption of municipal ad valorem taxes (excluding School Taxes) for up to ten (10) years for residential developments including new structures and improvements to existing structures located within the Central Business District (PDF). The exemption is for the increase in City ad valorem taxes caused by the new construction or renovation of existing structures. View the Central Business District Residential Tax Abatement Policy (PDF).

For more information on Central Business District Residential Tax Abatement Policy, contact the Community and Economic Development at 228-938-6651.

Tax Increment Financing


In Mississippi, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Bonds are issued by a municipal or county government to reimburse a developer for public infrastructure improvements at private developments. TIFs can pay for anything typically constructed by a city (parks, parking, streets, landscaping, infrastructure, etc.).

In this process, a developer will ask a municipality to commit TIF funds based on the anticipated value of improvements. The developer must cover these costs until the project is completed and producing tax revenues. With these tax revenues, the municipality will issue the bonds and use a portion of the ad valorem and sales tax revenues generated by the development to pay the bonds off over a set time.

For more information on TIF, please contact Community and Economic Development at 228-938-6651.