Pine Tree Development Zones: How to Apply

Your business will first need to be certified by the DECD. The first step in the process is submitting a But For letter to DECD prior to any public announcement of any proposed economic development project. A sample letter and instructions are below. The letter is your statement that, without PTDZ benefits, your business would not be creating new jobs in Maine. DECD will acknowledge the letter, after which you complete the application for certification. A blank application and application instructions are below. After review and approval by DECD, the date the application was received becomes the effective date of business certification and the date from which your PTDZ benefits are calculated forward.

We encourage you to read the guidance documents and consult your assigned Governor’s Account Executive should you run into unique challenges or have questions.

The files below are posted in Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft Word. Adobe Reader files require the free Adobe Reader software. Microsoft Word files require either Microsoft Word or the free Word Viewer software.

2019 Forms

Guidance Documents