380 and 381 Agreements

Municipality Agreements

Chapter 380 of the Local Government Code authorizes municipalities to offer incentives designed to promote economic development such as commercial and retail projects.  Specifically, it provides for offering loans and grants of city funds or services at little or no cost to promote state and local economic development and to stimulate business and commercial activity.
In order to provide a grant or loan, a city must establish a program to implement the incentives.  Before proceeding, cities must review their city charters or local policies that may restrict a city’s ability provide a load or grant.
City of Houston – 380 Agreements

County Agreements

Chapter 381 of the Local Government Code allows counties to provide incentives encouraging developers to build in their jurisdictions. A county may administer and develop a program to make loans and grants of public money to promote state or local economic development and to stimulate, encourage and develop business location and commercial activity in the county.
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts – Chapter 380/381 Agreements



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Texas Constitution
Code – Local Government Code
Chapter(s) – 380 and 381


Texas Municipal League – Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code

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