Apply for a Business License

Business License Required

The Town of Oro Valley requires that all persons who transact or carry on any business within its boundaries must first procure a license to do so (Town Code Article 8-2-2).

To obtain further information regarding Business Licenses, contact the Clerk's Office at (520) 229-4700 or view Town Code Chapter 8 Business Regulations and view Town Zoning Code Section 25.2C

Business License Fees

The annual General business license and Home Occupation License fee is $80.00 and is based on a calendar year. Fees are Prorated Monthly.

January February March April May June
$80.00 $73.33 $66.67 $60.00 $53.33 $46.67
July August September October November December
$40.00 $33.33 $26.67 $20.00 $13.33 $6.67

 

Payment must accompany a new license application in the form of cash, check, debit or credit card.

The annual Public Market License fee is $20.00 and is based on a calendar year. Public Market License fess are not prorated. Payment must accompany a new license application in the form of cash, check, debit or credit card. 

 

How do I pay for my Business License

In person - Our office can accept check, money order, cash or credit card for payment of your Business License.

Over the phone - A credit card payment can be made over the phone upon receipt of your completed Business License Application 

Online - Credit card payments can be made online for Business License Renewals only. Payment instructions are included with Renewal Notice when sent.  

 

 

What type of Business License do I need?

Is your Business located in an Oro Valley home?

The Home Occupation License Application(PDF, 844KB) is for residents who operate a business from a private home. The Town's Zoning Code allows residents to use their homes as their place of business however there are standards in the code to ensure business activities are compatible with the residential character of the neighborhood.

Is your Business located in retail space within Oro Valley limits or outside of Oro Valley limits?

The General Business License Application(PDF, 443KB) is for applicants operating a business from a retail space within Oro Valley limits. It also applies to applicants operating a business outside of Oro Valley who do business inside Oro Valley limits.

Are you a vendor selling goods or merchandise for profit on a infrequent basis at events?

The Public Market (Participant) License Application(PDF, 452KB) is for applicants who take part in events that bring people together to sell goods or merchandise for profit. If the applicants business address is an Oro Valley residence, complete a Home Occupation License Application(PDF, 844KB)

Are you looking to Peddle, Solicit, act as a Transient Merchant, Canvass or Demonstrate in the Town of Oro Valley?

The Solicitor's License Application(PDF, 175KB) is for any person or entity who travel to ask for, sell, or conduct business. The applicant is also required to get an Oro Valley Business License.

The Realtor License / Solicitation Application(PDF, 120KB) is for any realtor looking to solicit, peddle, canvass or demonstrate in the Town of Oro Valley.

Are you a Nonprofit Organization, Society, Association, Corporation or other entity desiring to solicit?

The Charitable, Religious, or Educational Solicitors Application(PDF, 97KB) is for organizations who qualify as tax exempt under federal or state income tax laws.

 

Business License FAQ's

  1. I am an Oro Valley resident who operates a business but I don't have a physical location for my business, do I need a Business License?
    Yes, you would need a Home Occupation Business License as your home would be your primary place of business. 
  2. I would like to participate in various events with my mobile food truck, do I need a Business License?
    Yes, where the mobile unit is based whether inside Oro Valley or outside of Oro Valley, will determine the applicable Business License application.
  3. I am a Realtor. What type of Business License do I need to conduct business in Oro Valley?
    Yes, if the Realtor and their Brokerage Firm can provide a copy of an active Business License from an Arizona municipality, then an Oro Valley Business License is not required. If the primary place of business is located in Oro Valley and the Brokerage Firm does not have an active Business License in another Arizona municipality, the Brokerage Firm will need to obtain an Oro Valley Business License to conduct business in Oro Valley.
  4. I am a Realtor and would like to solicit business in Oro Valley. Do I need an Oro Valley Business License?
    Yes, the Realtor shall provide a copy of their Arizona Real Estate License and a copy of an active Business License for their Brokerage Firm from a municipality in Arizona. If the primary place of business is located in Oro Valley and the Brokerage Firm does not have an active Business License in another Arizona municipality, the Brokerage Firm will need to obtain an Oro Valley Business License to conduct business in Oro Valley. In addition, the Realtor License/Solicitation Application(PDF, 120KB) must be submitted. 
  5. I closed my Business License account and now I need a Business License again. What should I do?
    You will need to complete the applicable Business License application and submit the completed application with the applicable fees and documents. 
  6. How do I register my business as a LLC or Corporation in Arizona?
    You can register your LLC or Corporation by visiting the Arizona Corporation Commission at https://www.azcc.gov/
  7. What is a Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) license?
    Although commonly referred to as a sales tax, the Arizona transaction privilege tax (TPT) is actually a tax on a vendor for the privilege of doing business in the state
  8. How do I know if I need a TPT license?
    For a list of businesses and activities that are subject to TPT and must be licensed see the Arizona Department of Revenue at https://azdor.gov/transaction-privilege-tax/do-i-need-tpt-license
  9. Does Oro Valley have a sales tax?
    The Arizona Department of Revenue collects the tax for the counties and cities; however, tax rates vary depending on the type of business activity, the city and the county.
  10. How do I get an Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax license?
    You can apply for your TPT license at https://azdor.gov/transaction-privilege-tax-tpt

Submit Application

Step 1.Determine type of Business License needed

Review the tab titled What type of Business License do I need above to help determine the correct application. 

Step 2.Select the link provided 

Once you have determined the type of Business License needed, click on the link provided under the What type of Business License do I need tab or from the panel on the right side.

Step 3.Edit, Fill and Sign the application and supporting documentation

Applications and supporting documents are available as fillable PDFs. Electronic signatures are acceptable. 

Step 4.Submit completed application and supporting documentation

The completed application and any applicable documents can be emailed, mailed, faxed or delivered in person to the Town Clerk's Office. Contact information is listed below:

Email address - businesslicensing@orovalleyaz.gov
Mailing address - 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Fax number - 520-297-0428

Step 5.Business License fee(s)

Business License fee(s) are due when the Business License application is submitted. Applicants submitting an application via email or fax will be contacted upon receipt of their completed application in order to make a credit card payment for the applicable fee. 

Please see the above tab titled "How do I pay for my Business License" for more payment information

Step 6.Annual Business License / Business License Receipt

Your Annual Business License and Receipt will be sent at the completion of the application process. The Business License is not transferable and must be posted in a conspicuous place.