This page is intended to help guide individuals and businesses through the process of applying for a business license. If you have questions at any time, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peoria is dedicated to working with all businesses, large and small, to navigate the local services and programs offered. Whether starting a new business, expanding or relocating, information is provided to help with every step of the way. Please visit our Business Services page to see all the programs Peoria offers to our business community.
Businesses subject to a transaction privilege (sales) tax (TPT) will need to obtain an additional license from the Arizona Department of Revenue. To obtain the transaction privilege license online, please visit aztaxes.gov or to apply by paper visit www.azdor.gov. If you are unsure if your business is subject to TPT please contact Peoria Customer Service at (623) 773-7160 or email@example.com.
New Business License Application Process
Effective September 30, 2019 we are now processing business license applications online. This will greatly streamline the application process, providing you with faster and more efficient service. Apply for a business license online.
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Description: Any person(s) engaging in any sort of businesses, callings, or professions within the corporate limits of the city; or who conducts a business outside the corporate limits of the city and who solicits, canvasses, advertises, or delivers products or performs services within the city limits, shall procure from the city a business license. It is unlawful for any person to engage in any business for which a City Business License is required without having first obtained such license. If the application and payment of the license fee are not received in our office within 30 days of the start of business, a delinquent license penalty of $12.50 may be assessed.
Code: Peoria City Code Sec. 11-52 Business Licenses; required.
Business License Fees
$45.00 (Business License fee of $25.00 and a one-time application fee of $20.00). License and application fees are non-refundable.
Any City Business License is valid only for the calendar year in which it is issued. City Business License expires on December 31 of each year and must be renewed annually. The City will automatically bill the annual license renewal fee unless you request a cancellation of your City Business License. The renewal fee of $25.00 must be received by the License Division by the last business day in January of each year or a penalty of $12.50 will be assessed.
Multiple Locations in Peoria
A separate City Business License and applicable fees are required for each location of a business located in Peoria city limits.
Persons who engage in the business activity of leasing or renting their residential rental property are not required to obtain a Peoria Business License. However, a Transaction Privilege Sales Tax license is required through www.aztaxes.gov. Please visit https://azdor.gov/transaction-privilege-tax/residential-rental-guidelines for more information.
Applications for businesses located in Peoria city limits may be processed by:
- Peoria Business Licensing Division
- Peoria Police Department
- Planning & Community Development
- Peoria Fire Department
- Building Development
To avoid delays in the approval of a business license, please contact the appropriate city departments to see if any additional documents/permits are required.
Planning & Community Development
As part of the business license approval process, the Planning & Community Development department verifies a business being conducted out of a residential property (Home Occupation) is following all the City Code requirements related to a Home Occupation business. View Peoria City Code Sec. 21-809 Home Occupations
To avoid delays in the business license approval, please contact the Planning & Community Development department to verify if your Home Occupation business meets all the requirements. The Planning & Community Development department can be reached at 623-773-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the business license approval process, the Building Development department will verify that new commercial businesses located in Peoria City limits have obtained the appropriate building permit(s). A newly constructed building will need its Certificate of Occupancy or equivalent before a business license can be approved. View a list of building improvements that require a permit (PDF)
To avoid delays in the business license approval, please contact Building Development to determine if a permit is required at your business location. The Building Development department can be reached at 623-773-7225 or email@example.com
If a building permit is required, it could delay the license approval process and you may be asked to reapply for your business license once all permit requirements have been met and repay the license application fee of $45. To avoid this delay and additional costs, please contact Building Development prior to applying for a license.
As part of the business license approval process, the Fire-Medical Department may require certain types of businesses located in Peoria City limits to obtain an annual operational permit. View a list of business activities that require an operational permit (PDF)
To avoid delays in the business license approval, please contact the Fire-Medical Department to determine if an operational permit is required at your business location. The Fire-Medical Department can be reached at 623-773-7275 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If an Operational Permit is required, it could delay the license approval process and you may be asked to reapply for your business license one all permits have been met and repay the fee of $45. To avoid this, please contact the Fire Department prior to applying for a license.
Not to exceed 30 days from time of application acceptance. Upon approval, a Peoria Business License Certificate will be mailed.
New License Application Process
Effective September 30, 2019 we are now processing business license applications online. This will greatly streamline the application process, providing you with faster and more efficient service.
Liquor License Process
Any establishment wanting to sell alcohol for on-site or off-site consumption must apply for a liquor license with the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses & Control.
Obtaining a Liquor License
- Applicants need to apply at the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses & Control, located at: 800 W. Washington Street, 5th Floor. Phoenix, AZ 85007
- Once the State has accepted your application, it will be sent to the City of Peoria for a recommendation for approval.
- Upon receipt of your application from the State, the City of Peoria will send a letter to the applicant with further instructions on how to proceed. A public hearing will be scheduled and a notice posted at the proposed licensed premises for twenty (20) days.
- Upon City Council recommends approval, and subsequent approval by the State, a Liquor License will be issued.
Obtaining a Series 15 Special Event and Extension of Premises/Patio Liquor Licenses:
- Obtain a license application from the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses & Control, located at: 800 W. Washington Street, 5th Floor. Phoenix, AZ 85007
- Submit the completed application directly to: City of Peoria Tax and License Division, 8401 W. Monroe St, Peoria 85345 with payment of $32.00.
- Upon receipt of your application, the City of Peoria will process the application through an approval process for a recommendation for approval.
- Upon a recommendation of approval, the Applicant will take the application to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for final approval. Please allow up to 30 days for processing.
For further information, please contact Customer Service at (623) 773-7160.
Description: Any person operating as a solicitor, peddler, hawker, salesman or vendor of goods, wares, merchandise, newspapers, magazines or services, who goes from house to house, or to only one (1) house, in the city, shall register with the police department and obtain an identification card showing such registration. (Code 1977, § 9-1-1
Pawn Broker/Second-hand License
Fee Structure (Cash or Checks ONLY)
|License Type||License Fee (Non-Refundable)||One-Time Processing Fee|
|Liquor Licenses||License Fee (Non-Refundable)||One-Time Processing Fee|
|Series 1 - Distiller/Wine Producer*||$700||$240|
|Series 3 - Brewery*||$700||$240|
|Series 6 - On Sale All Liquor*||$600||$240|
|Series 7 - On Sale Wine & Beer*||$400||$240|
|Series 8 - On Sale Beer ONLY*||$200||$240|
|Series 9 - Off All Liquor*||$400||$240|
|Series 10 - Off sales Wine & Beer*||$200||$240|
|Series 11 - On Sale Hotel/Motel*||$400||$240|
|Series 12 - On Sale Restaurant*||$400||$240|
|Series 14 - On Sale Private Club||$200||$240|
|Series 15 - Special Event||$32|
|Special Event - City Sponsored||$10|
|Temporary/Permanent Extension of Premises||$75|
|*Annual License Fee|