There is much wisdom in the old adage Location, Location, Location. Whether leasing or buying a commercial space, where you choose to do business is an important decision.
Finding a Location
The City offers free site selection assistance through CoStar commercial property reports. These reports can be customized to show available City properties that meet size or business-specific requirements.
What to Do Before Leasing
Prior to signing a lease, be sure to:
- Know the real cost of renting the space. Understand what you will be expected to contribute towards the property’s taxes, insurance, and maintenance.
- Research the cost of potential tenant improvements. Consult with a design professional to discern the costs of potential utility or life-safety improvements (such as grease traps, water and sewer impact fees, sprinklers/fire suppression)
- Check the zoning of the property (PDF) to ensure your type of business is permitted in that location. A matrix of approved uses by zoning can be found in the City’s Land Management Code. Talk with the City's Planning Department to confirm your proposed use is eligible and to learn about possible site requirements such as parking upgrades. Contact the Department at 301-600-1499.
- Get to know your community. The City encourages local participation through organized Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NAC). Geography-based advocacy groups – including the Golden Mile Alliance, East Frederick Rising, and the Downtown Frederick Partnership - also provide opportunities to connect and engage in a specific-area of the City.
- Consider location-based incentives. Many tax credits and grants at the City and State level are location specific. Check out the full list to make the most informed decision.
Consider an Incubator or Co-working Space
If you’re just starting out and not ready to a lease or purchase property - Frederick has an array of shared work-space opportunities across a diverse range of industries. These spaces offer affordable options, side-by-side a community of fellow entrepreneurs.
Work from Home
The City regulates the operation of home-based businesses. Details on these regulations can be found online under the Land Management Code Article 8, Section 829 Home Occupations or by calling the City Planning Department at 301-600-1499.