Commercial Improvement Program

The City of Rosemead Commercial Improvement Program (Program) is designed to promote neighborhood revitalization, job creation and job retention for low- to moderate-income persons and stabilize low- and moderate-income owned businesses using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded grants. These goals are structured to promote the City as a positive venue for quality business, promote business expansion, and to overall enhance economic growth.

The Program is designed to assist new and existing businesses through the provision of financial assistance. Financial assistance is in the form of grant of up to $25,000 for the exterior improvement of the qualified business.


To be eligible for the Program assistance, the business must meet the following requirements:

  1. Has an active City of Rosemead business license.
  2. Be located on a commercial property, properly zoned.
  3. Be a permitted or conditionally permitted use within the zone.
  4. Be current with property taxes and have no liens with the City.
  5. Have no outstanding code violations.
  6. Meet all State and local building and zoning codes.
  7. Has a store front that is visible to a public street.
  8. Must meet one of federal National Objectives.


Program assistance may only be used for exterior rehabilitation items. Such exterior improvements may include, but are not limited to:

  • Creation of outdoor business activity space such as outdoor dining area
  • Outdoor business equipment, as approved by the Program Manager, such as tables, chairs, outdoor heaters, etc.
  • Landscape improvements visible from a public right-of-way including foliage and walkways
  • Storefront restoration or renovation
  • Professional cleaning or repairing of exterior surfaces
  • Exterior painting of buildings visible from public right-of-way
  • Stucco re-facing
  • Security Film or other security improvement approved by the City
  • Exterior façade treatments (stucco, brick veneer, awnings, paint removal, etc.)
  • Permanent Signage
  • Temporary signage when associated with a Signage repair or replacement
  • Exterior door and window repair or replacement
  • Exterior lighting to enhance building appearance and/or safety
  • Mechanical equipment screening visible from public right-of-way
  • Site and landscape improvements
  • New construction and additions

Note: The City may consider additional improvements not listed as “eligible improvements” that contribute to the overall character of a commercial corridor or contribute to the visibility of the business, on a case-by- case basis.

For more information and a copy of the application, please click the following links below:

Commercial Improvement Program Overview