A general overview of the application process
How much do licenses cost?
Commercial License fee details can be found on pages 7-8 of the Salt Lake City Consolidated Fee Schedule.
Home Occupational Licenses
Home Occupational License fee details can be found on pages 7-8 of the Salt Lake City Consolidated Fee Schedule.
In addition, based upon the type of business you are operating, there will be an additional Disproportionate Fee. Please contact Business Licensing or come into the office and speak with our staff prior to submitting your application. Fee details can be found on pages 8-12 of the Salt Lake City Consolidated Fee Schedule.
Where do I go to get a Business License?
You can download forms and information sheets and apply by mail once you have the correct fees.
Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Applications for a new business license are only accepted up until 4:30 p.m. The office is closed all Federal and State Holidays.
You can pick up applications at the Business License Office on the second floor of the City & County Building, 451 South State Street, Room 225, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.
Some types of business licenses require a police background check. You can only apply for these types of licenses by coming into the office.
What do I need to obtain a business license?
This is what you need to apply for a general City business license:
- Completed Salt Lake City Corporation Application for a New Business and Regulatory License form
- All necessary fees
- Registration with the Utah State Department of Commerce (business name, corporation, LLC, partnership)
- State sales tax number (if applicable)
- Federal tax ID number (if applicable)
Your application process will be smoother if you mail or bring all this information with you when you apply for your business license.
Incomplete applications or those missing the required fees will not be processed and could delay the opening of your business.
You can find the necessary information at these websites:
Can I operate a business from my home?
If you’re considering operating a business from your home and your home is located within the corporate limits of Salt Lake City, you will first need to obtain a Home Occupation Permit. The Permit office is located in the City and County Building at 451 S State Street room 215; the Business License office is directly across the hall in room 225.
For information on Home Occupations you should click here and read the Ordinance in section 21A.36.030. You can call the Buzz Center for additional information about the types of businesses you can conduct from your home.
There is a base fee of $89.00 for a Home Occupation License. In addition, based upon the type of business you are operating, there will be an additional Disproportionate Fee. Before you can apply for the license you must have the Home Occupation Permit.
You can download these forms from our web site:
- Home Occupation application
- Application for New Business and Regulatory License (Turn in the first (4) pages)
How long does it take to receive a business license?
Most business license applications will be opened for the review process within 30 days of entry. Once opened, most applications will take two to three weeks of review before the decision is made.
Business licenses that require additional review by the licensing division may take longer than three weeks. In these more complex licensing scenarios, applicants will be in contact with the licensing division to receive an estimated decision time.
The licensing division recommends that applicants apply for their licenses no more than 30 days in advance of their planned opening.