Steps for Licensing a Business in the City of Prescott:
- Apply for a combined Arizona & Prescott Tax License through Arizona Department of Revenue (if applicable)
- AZtaxes.gov: Online Licensing, Reporting, and Payment of Sales Taxes
- More information on Privilege (Sales) Tax
- Reporting Tax to the Arizona Department of Revenue (Brochure)
- Helpful tips for Rental Property/Landlords
- Special Event Vendors and Sponsors/Promoters (Brochure)
- Apply for Business License
- Other Possible Licensing or Permits
- Peddler/Solicitor – for selling or soliciting to consumers door-to-door or place-to-place uninvited
- Register security/fire alarm
- Liquor Licenses – for selling liquor in City limits
- Film Permits – for film production in City limits
- Special Events Permits for Event Organizers
- Planning and Zoning – Sign permits/change of use
Related Prescott City Code Sections
- 4-1: Tax Code
- 4-4: Peddlers and Solicitors
- 4-5: Fire Inspections
- 4-6: Business License
- 4-9: Vacation Rental
- 4-11: Structured Sober Living Homes
- 5-6: Alarm Systems (False Alarms)
Useful External Links
Contact for business licensing and sales tax questions:
Tax & Licensing Division
201 S Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303
Business License FAQs:
A: The City of Prescott City Code requires all persons who engage in any business, occupation, or profession within the City to obtain an annual city business license. This requirement includes:
- Businesses located within the municipal limits of Prescott, and those who may be physically located outside of the limits but enter the City to engage in business activity.
- For profit and non-profit
- Occupations and professional services
- Separate license per location
- Special event vendors and promoter/sponsors
A: Application for the business license is online. First you must create an account and then select the proper application type for your business. On this website you can apply for, pay the required fees, follow the progress of the approval, and finally, print the business license certificate.
A: The annual business license fee is $35 dollars with no proration. In addition, a $40 annual fire inspection will be required for all businesses located inside the Prescott City limits with the exception of home occupations and residential rental properties with less than three (3) dwelling units on one lot or parcel. License fees are paid online at the time of application.
There are additional fees for vacation rental and structured sober living homes which will be paid in conjunction with the business license application. Click here to view a complete fee schedule.
A: A single license will be required for multiple professionals co-located at a single business address. For example in the case of real estate agents in a real estate office, lawyers in a practice, multiple hair stylists in a salon, the requirement would be for one license.
A. Yes, you may be required to apply for a business license if you enter into the City to solicit or engage in business. If your business is physically located outside City limits and your only contact within the City is the delivery of pre-ordered goods, with either common carrier or company delivery vehicles, you are exempt from the business license requirement.
A: City Code specifies the following exemptions to the business license requirement:
- Casual activity or sales. For example private sales activities such as the sale of a personal automobile or yard sale, on no more than three separate occasion during any calendar year.
- Churches as religious institutions engaged solely as a place of worship.
- Schools whether public or private.
- Governmental entities, whether federal, state or municipal.
- Political organizations and homeowner associations as defined and registered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Businesses physically located outside the municipal limits whose only contact within the City is the delivery of pre-ordered goods.
- Employees of another person or entity which holds a City license for such business, occupation or profession.
- All exemptions granted pursuant to the Arizona Revised Statutes. Some examples are (1) real estate brokers and agents when primary place of business is in another City or Town AND has a business license from that City or Town, (2) liquor wholesale distributors located outside City limits. (3) producers (farmers) of food products.
A: Yes. However, commercial and residential properties are treated differently for business license purposes.
Commercial Rentals: You will need a separate license for each rental location (parcel). The annual fee will be $75 each. The online application type is "Business License Application (Business location inside City limits)".
Residential Rentals: If you rent out 3 or fewer units in the City, you will qualify for one business license where you will list the rental locations (parcels). The annual fee will be $35 and the online application type is "Residential Rental Application (For landlords with 3 or less units total in City)". If you rent out 4 or more units in the City, you will need to license each rental location (parcel) separately. In this case, an annual $35 fee will apply for each license and an additional $40 fire inspection fee will apply only for parcels with 3 or more units.