Salt Lake City

Department of Economic Development

Phone: (801) 535-7200 | Email:

Business Resources

Fast track your start up

We have streamlined city processes together for businesses to access on their own terms. Business owners can start and register a business, apply for licenses and permits, and pay fees, and more:

Business Quick Links

Business Licenses– apply or renew an existing business license online.

Fee Schedule – for building permits, zoning, electrical, plumbing, and more.

Building Permits – checklists, building code review, inspections, appeals, and more.

Permit Queue – find out current wait times for permit review

Taxes – summary of required City, County, State, and Federal taxes.

Online Permit System – research existing permits and licenses, schedule an inspection, create a service request.

Planning – OpenCounter zoning and business permitting portal. Explore where different business types are permitted throughout the City.

Opportunities for Entrepreneurs – a guide to doing business in Salt Lake City.

Road and Utilities Construction in Salt Lake City– a planning resource guide for business owners.

Special Assessment Areas – a guide to starting a Special Assessment Area (SAA).


Business Resources from State of Utah

Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity GrantsOccasionally, to support Utah businesses, the Legislature allocates grant funding and programs.

Utah Small Business Credit Initiative – A new federal loan program that includes $69 million in funding to expand access to capital for small businesses in Utah, especially for underserved communities.

Business Resources from Salt Lake City Economic Development

Financing Opportunities

Salt Lake City offers business incentives giving companies an edge in the marketplace and helping them expand and prosper.

Financial incentives can include reimbursement of all or a portion of building and/or development-related fees. These programs help promote significant revenues and/or jobs, promote stability and grow, and constructs appropriate development older parts of the city.

Several programs are available, click here for a full list of opportunities.

Salt Lake City Foreign Trade Zone #30

Locating or expanding your company’s operations into a Foreign Trade Zone is a smart business strategy.
When operating from an FTZ, your company gains a distinct competitive advantage by receiving cost reductions in customs duties and fees, a strategic location and supporting services.

Learn about the opportunities here .

International Trade

If you’re expanding globally, Salt Lake City is the perfect location for your business. The Salt Lake area experienced the highest growth in the country in exports as a share of GDP from 2003 to 2012. Salt Lake City, often referred to as the “Crossroads of the West,” is a hub for air, ground, and rail distribution services located almost equidistant from all major Western U.S. markets.

Click here for a full list of resources.

Salt Lake City Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones are an economic development tool designed to spur economic development and job creation in our distressed communities. Click here for more information about Salt Lake City’s Opportunity Zones.

Workforce Development and Education Partners

The educated, multilingual, and ambitious workforce in Salt Lake City makes it an ideal location for top companies in IT, finance, outdoor products, and manufacturing. With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Salt Lake City works closely with our partners to ensure the recruitment and retention of our workforce.

Learn about the opportunities here .

Salt Lake City wants you to succeed and we share your priorities of completing a project on time and on budget. Our economic development team will work you to provide one point of contact, a fast response to your needs, and the flexibility required to achieve your goals.

Need more assistance? We’re here to help. Call us at (801) 535-7200 or email