General SalesTax Licensing and Other Business Licensing
Which business activities require a license?
Peoria City Code requires that any person or firm conducting business in Peoria will obtain a license prior to conducting business. This requirement includes businesses within the corporate limits of Peoria or outside the corporate limits which conduct business or perform services within Peoria. Exemption from this requirement includes churches/service organizations engaging in business for a justified nonprofit purpose (i.e., 501(c)), certain agricultural operations and newspaper carriers.
The City of Peoria classifies businesses into separate categories for licensing purposes and each is described as the following types:
General Business Licenses:
Privilege (Sales) Tax License - There are numerous categories of business activities subject to the privilege (Sales) tax. These include: Construction Contracting (includes many handyman activities), Retail Sales, Real Property Rentals (Commercial and/or Residential), Rental of personal property, Amusements, Restaurants, Hotel/Motel, Vehicle Rentals, Cable Television.
For a complete list of the taxable activities and the current tax rates go to City of Peoria Business Activities Subject to the Privilege (Sales) Tax and Rates Chart. .
Combined City and State Tax Rates
The Privilege (Sales) Tax License expires annually on December 31st.
REQUIREMENTS: General Business License when business located outside City limits
REQUIREMENTS: General Business Licenses when business located inside City limits
Occupational License - Professional Services, Accountants, Consulting, Childcare, Massage, etc. The Occupational License expires annually on December 31st.
REQUIREMENTS: General Business - Occupational License
Special Business License Applications
The City of Peoria licenses a number of activities and requires certain approvals before engaging in these activities. As the application process varies by the license type, we have provided a comprehensive list and links to the forms and documentation needed for each. Click on any of the blue links to open the form or document in its own window. Forms are generally in a fillable PDF format that you may print. License application packets for any of these licenses may also be obtained in person at the address at the bottom of this page or by U.S. mail upon request. All forms must be fully completed and signed and dated and all documentation must be provided including payment before the City will accept the application. Any required documentation deficiencies will result in the City returning the application and payment to you and will delay action on the application process.
Links to the City of Peoria License Application Process and Forms
Off-Track Betting (OTB) License)
Second Hand Dealer License
Sexually Oriented Business License
Special Event License
Please consider using Peoria's online SalesTax Reporting System - save time, save money!
e~Tax Online Services allows you to
- Apply for a New Business License - Tax or Occupational Only
- File your Sales Tax Returns
- Make Payments for License Fees
- Signup for Express Pay (Tax and fees paid from your account monthly automatically on the same day of the month)
- View your Account Statement
- View your License Information
Learn About eTax
This form is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. For more information on PDF documents, Click here.
To avoid delays in processing your application, please complete all applicable forms and submit fees jointly with your application to:
City of Peoria Sales Tax and Licensing Section
8401 W. Monroe Street
Peoria, Az 85345