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Doing Business in Peoria

Doing Business in Peoria

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Small Business Resources from City of Peoria

If you need help and would like to be contacted by one of our partners, please send an email to with the subject “Small Business Assistance." Include your name, your business name, the best number to contact you, and the type of assistance you are looking for (financial – loans/grants, business strategies, marketing help, etc.)

We will have someone personally contact you within the next 7 days. We appreciate our small businesses in Peoria and know that we are all in this together. #inthistogether



View Business Outreach Flyer - New Businesses (PDF)

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The city of Peoria wants your business to succeed. Whether planning, launching, managing, expanding or relocating a business, the city of Peoria is here to help. To learn about our partners, find a list of resources, and sign up for Business Briefs, our monthly e-newsletter for Peoria businesses, visit Business Services.

For more information, please contact:
Karen Calivas at 623-773-INFO (4636) or


Create a Business Plan: For more information or an appointment, visit

Not sure where to start? Email the Business Concierge at or call 623-773-INFO.

Connect with Other Entrepreneurs Attend 1 Million Cups Wednesday mornings from 9-10 a.m. and share a free cup of coffee and your business dreams. For details on this free event, visit

Connect with Resources Sign up to receive ASU Peoria Forward information and get connected! Learn about local events, how you can contribute to building Peoria through entrepreneurship, or resources to help you succeed. Become a catalyst – get involved and take action.

For simple but impactful ideas visit Catalyst Action Sheet (PDF).

SBDC Newsletter Sign up to receive SBDC’s newsletter for valuable information to start, grow, and expand your business. Visit

Peoria Chamber of Commerce Join the Peoria Chamber of Commerce mailing list at for news and events.

Attend Free Training Classes For SBDC's event and training calendar, please visit

ASU Peoria Forward Visit ASU Peoria Forward’s event and training calendar

Verify Zoning, Building Use, Permitting: Not every type of business is permitted. Ensure you have the right zoning to operate your business: call 623-773-7200 or visit

Verify Building Use: Before signing a lease, verify the use of the building is permissible for your business: call 623-773-7225 (option 1) or email

Business License: A business license is required by any person conducting business in Peoria (including home businesses). Learn about the business license approval process. Business License applications may take up to 30 days for approval. Applications are reviewed by several departments which may require additional permits. or call: 623-773-7160 (option 5) or email:

Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) License: Businesses subject to the Transaction Privilege (Sales) Tax need a Transaction Privilege (TPT) License with the Arizona Department of Revenue: or call the city of Peoria customer service team for assistance at 623-773-7160 (option 5).

Sell Items that are Flammable/Combustible: An operational permit is required for businesses that include fireworks, combustible or hazardous materials, repair garages, or paint booths:

Offer Alcohol for Sale/Consumption: Establishments selling alcohol for onsite or offsite consumption require a liquor license with the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. Information may be found at:


Building/Site Permit: A permit is required for additions, demolitions, shelving, walls, and work within city rights-of-way.

Change of Occupancy: A change of business type (e.g., retail to office) may require a new certificate.

Change out Equipment or Fixtures: Structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing changes require a permit.

Add or Remove Interior Walls/Racks: Alterations or changes to the walls within the business require a building permit.

Paint or Update the Exterior: A design review application is required for any work that changes the look of the building:


Storefront Window Signs: No more than 25% of the total window area on each side of a building may be covered by signs.

Special Promotion Signs: Wall mounted banners, “swooper signs,” and A-frame or T-frame portable signs require a permit:

Grand Opening Event: A business may advertise with signs for up to 60 days upon opening of the business without requiring a sign permit.

Temporary Use Permit: A temporary or seasonal event such as a car show, carnival, or tent sale may require a permit.

Food Trucks: Hosting a food truck on your property may require a permit; call to confirm 623-773-7200.


Landscaping: Vegetation ensures our community remains a place of beauty. Replace damaged or dying landscaping, and remove weeds on your property and in the rights-of-way (if applicable).

Outdoor Storage: Excess business materials must be stored within an enclosed and approved area. Storage or shipping containers affect the use of your property. Call 623-773-7200 for information.

Parking: Some businesses require more parking spaces than others; call to confirm 623-773-7200.

Blight Conditions: Graffiti, illegal dumping, debris, and weeds must be removed from your property. Call 623-773-7162 with questions.

Shopping Carts: All carts are required to have locking mechanisms to prevent removal from the property.

Grease Device Maintenance: Grease devices shall be maintained in working order. Please visit Peoria Water Services or call 623-773-8473 for more information.


While the information contained within is not all-inclusive of the many ways that we partner for success, we hope it serves as a snapshot of the city codes and ordinances that are in place to ensure our community forever serves as a point of pride.

For more information, please contact:
Karen Calivas at 623-773-INFO (4636) or