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Welcome Businesses and Entrepreneurs! Milford strives to build strong relationships, execute critical projects, and help businesses move from vision and strategy to implementation. With a single point of contact and a robust business incentive portfolio, the City’s administration works aggressively to help ensure that your business can grow and thrive. Milford’s location makes it an extremely attractive place for businesses to start up, relocate, or expand because of its infrastructure, accessibility to markets, well-trained workforce, as well as an exceptional quality of life at an affordable cost.

We invite you to find out more about the advantages to doing business in Milford, available building space, current building and zoning code requirements, information on financing and City incentives, and much more.

So regardless of whether you are an entrepreneur with the next great idea or a corporation looking to grow your operations, Milford’s economic development staff have the resources, knowledge, and desire to make the process quick and efficient for you.


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Basic Information for New Businesses:

As they say in the real estate world, the most important thing to consider that could make your business grow is “location, location, location”. Once you find the perfect location for your business, you will want to investigate a few pieces of information before you sign a lease or purchase a building.

Certificate of Zoning Compliance Local zoning regulations require that certain businesses locate in certain areas of the City. Portions of the City are zoned for office businesses or retail businesses, while others are zoned for industrial type businesses. For example, if you want to start a machine shop, those types of businesses are typically not permitted near businesses such as general offices or restaurants. Call the Milford Zoning Department at (513) 248-5093 for information regarding the zoning regulations and where you would be permitted to locate your business.

Occupancy Permit State Building Regulations require that businesses locate in buildings that have been approved for their general use. This protects businesses (and their customers) from a fire safety standpoint. Certain buildings are built to house certain specific uses, and some buildings just aren’t compatible for some businesses. In addition, insurance companies typically require businesses to obtain occupancy permits before they will insure the business. Call the Milford’s Building Department at (513) 248-5098 for information regarding Occupancy Permits.

Sign Permit

One of the biggest issues that new business owners worry about is the signage they want to put out at their location. The City also has regulations regarding signs - how big they can be and where they can be located. It is imperative that you contact our Zoning Compliance Officer BEFORE you purchase a sign(s). The Zoning Compliance Officer will be able to tell you up front how big a sign you can have and where it can be located.