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Neighborhood Empowerment Zones (NEZ)

Promote housing, economic development and quality services in Fort Worth central city.

Now there are more reasons than ever to build in Fort Worth’s central city, thanks to an incentives package recently approved by the city council for any NEZs designated in the city.

Municipal property tax abatements, fee waivers and release of city liens are available to property owners who build or rehabilitate property within a NEZ. These incentives are designed to promote affordable housing, economic development and expanded services.

Eligible Areas

The NEZ Program is available for all NEZs designated by the City Council. Creation of a NEZ area shall meet the following guidelines:

  • Be 100% Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) eligible
  • Be bounded by clearly-defined boundaries (streets, railroads, creeks or other logical boundaries)
  • May encompass an existing neighborhood or several neighborhoods
  • Have a concentration of population at or below poverty level
  • Have a low median household income and per capita income
  • Contain a predominance of substandard homes/aged housing stock
  • Have a higher than average vacancy rate
  • Have a higher than average rate of crimes against persons or property
  • Have low commercial permit values
  • May contain areas targeted for revitalization
  • If a proposed NEZ boundary includes an urban village as defined in the Comprehensive Plan, a logical, defensible area of the urban village as determined by the City of Fort Worth must be zoned mixed-use or form-based code district as defined in the City of Fort Worth Zoning Ordinance.
  • Meet the criteria for a Reinvestment Zone

Ineligible Projects

The following Projects or Businesses shall not be eligible for any incentives under the City of Fort Worth’s Neighborhood Empowerment Zone (NEZ) Basic Incentives and Tax Abatement Policy:

  • Sexually Oriented Businesses
  • Non-residential mobile structures
  • Stand-alone bars (Bars as part of a mixed use project may apply for NEZ incentives)
  • Single family investor owned projects / Rental Properties
  • Package stores or liquor stores
  • Projects to be constructed on property purchased or to be purchased under a contract for deed

Basic Incentives

Following are basic incentives available for all NEZ areas. Download a copy of the Neighborhood Empowerment Zone Program (NEZ) Basic Incentives and Tax Abatement Policy (Revised Jan. 29, 2019) adopted by the City Council.

Municipal Property Tax Abatement The following properties may qualify for municipal property tax abatements:

  • Owner-occupied property
  • Multi-family development project
  • Commercial, industrial or community facilities development project
  • Mixed-use development project

Fee Waivers

The following fees are waived for qualified projects:

  • All building permit related fees (including plans review and inspections)
  • Plat application fee (including concept plan, preliminary plat, final plat, short form replat)
  • Board of Adjustment application fee
  • Demolition fee
  • Structural moving fee
  • Community Facility Agreement (CFA) application fee
  • Zoning application fee
  • Street and utility easement vacation application fee
  • Ordinance inspection fee
  • Consent\encroachment agreement application fee
  • Transportation impact fee
  • Urban forestry application fees
  • Sign permit fees

Release of City Liens

The following City liens may be released for qualified projects:

  • Weed liens
  • Demolition liens
  • Board-up/open structure liens
  • Paving liens

How to apply for NEZ incentives



Physical Address
908 Monroe Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

817-392-7540 (phone)
817-392-7328 (fax)