The Economic Development Department assists new and existing businesses with finding available locations on the Square and navigating the permit process. Additionally, it develops initiatives to ensure a pro-business climate downtown. The following information and resources are frequently used by prospective, new and existing downtown business owners.
Operating a Business Downtown
Businesses who are within the Central Business District (CBD) zoning area must get approval by the
Historic Board of Review (HBR) for any changes to the façade of their building. To preserve the authentic character of the Historic Marietta Square, the CBD has a unique zoning category and design requirements each property/business owner must adhere to. CBD business and property owners are required to have the design of proposed awnings, signs, and any exterior material changes to buildings evaluated by HBR prior to permitting and installation.