Open a Business in Oro Valley

If you have a location for your business, please choose the type of business you will be opening from the tab options below.

Retail or Service

Step 1.Does the zoning match your type of business?

    Determine your zoning here Find My Zoning or call 520-229-4800.

Step 2.Is it a permitted use?

     See Zoning Code Chapter 23.3

    If not, please contact Economic Development at 520-229-4758 or madler@orovalleyaz.gov

Step 3.What changes will you make to the facility?

Step 4.Apply for an Oro Valley General Business License.

Restaurant

Step 1.Does the zoning match your type of business?

    Determine your zoning here Find My Zoning or call 520-229-4800.

Step 2.Is it a permitted use? (add link to code Chapt. 23) 

    If not, please contact Economic Development at 520-229-4758 or madler@orovalleyaz.gov

Step 3.Complete the following

Home Based

Go to Town Clerk to apply for Home Occupation License    

If you need a location or are interested in building:

Please see Available Sites & Buildings OR

Building a New Facility for your Business (below) OR

Contact Economic Development at 520-229-4758 (madler@orovalleyaz.gov)

 

 

Building Permit Applications are processed (not reviewed) “over-the-counter,” while you wait.

Plan review fees are due at the time of permit submittal. Fees are based on the actual cost of construction (estimates are acceptable at this time).

Permit Drawings

In many instances a licensed architect or design professional is required to prepare permit drawings. Please see criteria checklist (insert link here) to help assure the basic plan requirements are presented for submittal.

Timelines

These are basic guidelines because every project, building site and tenant space is unique. Tenant Improvements are classified by complexity of the plans, occupancy type and previous use.

First and second plan reviews can take from 10 to 20 working days depending on the complexity of the plans, occupancy type and previous use (if applicable) 
Third and subsequent review times are less and vary based on the changes made to the plan set.

Inspections are required and can typically be requested as early as the next working day

Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) is required for all projects.

Investigative Inspection for C of O (available for small tenant improvements) is typically completed within a week of submitting your application.

Signage

With approved and issued permits, code allows the use of temporary banners (i.e. “coming soon,” “now open,” etc.) as well as permanent wall and monument signage. Always check with your landlord/property manager for any requirements exclusive to the development, such as a Master Sign Criteria which may be active for the commercial development. Sometimes the property may have inherently stricter sign regulations than what is prescribed in the Oro Valley Zoning Code.