Underutilized & Economically Distressed Areas Incentive

Projects that complete at least 25% of their total production days in underutilized or economically distressed areas of Texas may receive 2.5% additional incentive percentage to a base incentive rate.

Effective March 10, 2014, productions with one or more shooting locations not located in an underutilized or economically distressed area, but use a basecamp located in an underutilized or economically distressed area may now credit the shooting locations for which the basecamp serves toward the required 25% of filming days necessary to receive the underutilized/economically distressed bonus of 2.5%.

Productions must have paid financial consideration to the owner/leaseholder of the basecamp property in order to be eligible for this rule.


Underutilized Areas

  • An underutilized area of Texas is a metropolitan area that receives less than 15% of total film and television production in the state during a fiscal year.
  • Underutilized areas include Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, or any other urban, suburban or rural area more than 30 miles from Austin or Dallas City Hall. The 30-mile zones of Dallas and Austin, within the green circle on the maps below, are not considered underutilized.

Economically Distressed Areas

An underutilized or economically distressed area of Texas is defined as:

  • An area that receives less than 15% of total film and television production in the state during a fiscal year; or
  • an area that has a median household income that does not exceed 75% of the median state household income.
  • The economically distressed areas exist within the Dallas and Austin 30-mile zones and are marked in purple on the maps below.

Interactive map of the Austin zone

Interactive map of the Dallas zone


If you have any questions, please contact the Texas Film Commission.