What Business Licenses & Permits are Needed in Arizona?
Starting a in will mean potentially registering with a number of federal, and local agencies. Let’s take a look at common licenses and permits a will register for in .
Before applying for any licenses, the structure will need to be established. Learn more about the differences between the , general partnership, , and (LLC)
Related: Comparison of Entities
Learn more about forming an LLC in Arizona
Also see: Steps to Starting a Business in Arizona
There is no general of , however, many cities require businesses to be licensed in order to operate. Rules for vary depending on location and what the does. Below are a few cities that have .
Phoenix – Amusement businesses, massage establishments, vending machines, mobile food vendors, and others require from the City of Phoenix.
Tucson – The City of Tucson requires a for businesses operating within , including businesses operating out of personal residences.
The cost for a Tucson includes a $25 application and a $50 annual .
Mesa – Common businesses requiring a in Mesa include; pawn shops, antique dealers, massage establishments, scrap metal dealers, and more. is through the City of Mesa.
Chandler – The City of Chandler requires a Application for each with a physical location operating within .
The Chandler annual filing is $45.
Flagstaff – A is required for any operating in or providing a service within the City of Flagstaff. Home-based businesses are also required to complete the Application for .
The filing fee for a Flagstaff is $8.
Prescott – City is required for special events, liquor sales, and peddlers or solicitors who sell products and services door-to-door.
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Businesses selling alcohol will need to apply for a with the of of Liquor Licenses and Control.
The most common of (ADOR). The TPT is typically referred to as a but is actually a on the gross sales of a . from the a may need to register for is the (TPT) from the
Learn how to register for the .
Businesses purchasing merchandise to resell will usually want to obtain an Resale Certificate in order to not pay for merchandise that is being resold to customers.
Professional / Occupational
A variety of professions and occupations in the are regulated and need to be registered before offering certain services. A few common occupations that require in include; construction, transporting for hire, massage, child care, home inspection, pest control and many more. Additional , fees, and for professions are available from the One Stop.
Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Many businesses will register with the Internal Service (IRS) for an EIN or Employer Identification Number. The EIN is the equivalent for a for an individual. Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, and Sole Proprietorships with employees will all need to register for one. Sole Proprietorships without employees can use the owner’s .
There is no cost for an EIN, and it only takes a few minutes to get.
While not a , Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships operating under a name that is different from the full name of the owner(s) must register for a Trade Name (also known as a Doing of . As or DBA) with the
These are some of the most common licenses, but there are far too many licenses and permits for us to keep track of. Before starting your , be sure to check with the Commerce Authority (ACA), , County Clerk, Chamber of Commerce, and/or Economic Developer in your area to get more regarding .