City of Decatur, Illinois (217)424-2778

Enterprise Zone

A variety of state and local incentives are available in the Decatur Macon County Enterprise Zone including local property tax abatement for eligible projects. The Decatur Macon County Enterprise Zone was renewed in July 2013 and is currently due to expire on July 1, 2016.


The Decatur Enterprise Zone encompasses significant portions of the region’s industrial and business sections. For an interacive GIS version of the map click Enterprise Zone Map Server.


For detailed information on the benefits available in the Decatur Macon County Enterprise Zone, application processes and eligibility requirements for benefits, download the Enterprise Zone Guide (updated May 2013)

Sales Tax Exemption

Sales tax exemptions on construction materials may be available for eligible projects located within the boundaries of the zone. Approval for the exemption is granted by the EDC Zone Administrator after submissison of the following certification form and documented construction materials cost. All forms must be completed in full and must be accompanied by an approved building permit application issued by the City of Decatur or other recognized body and payment of applicable fees.

Natural Gas Sales

Tax Exemption Companies who are located within the boundaries of the Decatur Macon County Enterprise Zone are entitled to an exemption on the state sales tax for wheeled natural gas transactions.

TIF Districts

There are multiple Tax Increment Finance Districts (TIFs) in Decatur and Macon County. TIFs provide a means in which communities can financially assist in the development or redevelopment of an area which qualifies for state TIF criteria. Tax increment is the amount of money generated by the difference in the tax revenue generated before the property is developed or redeveloped and the tax revenue generated after the improvements have been made.

Infrastructure improvements and financing are available for qualified projects through the City of Decatur primarily for commercial and retail development.

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