How to Get a Business License in AZ
You can get a business license online, in person, or by mail by applying with the correct licensing or regulatory agency for your business.
Business licensing requirements generally depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
There are three main licensing jurisdictions:
State of Arizona Business Licensing
The main state-level permit or license in Arizona is the transaction privilege tax (TPT) license. This is similar to what is called a seller’s permit in some states.
You must obtain a TPT license if you:
- Are engaged in business in Arizona
- Intend to sell a product or engage in a service subject to TPT.
Visit the Department of Revenue to obtain a TPT license.
Certain types of businesses must also get an additional professional license or permit. These include things like selling alcohol, child care, and home inspection. Consult the Arizona Commerce Authority’s business licensing page for more information.
Local Arizona Business Licensing
In Arizona, most counties require businesses to obtain a business license at the county level. However, rules vary, so contact your local county or city office for more information.
In addition, you may need other licenses or permits from the local government depending on your business activity or location.
Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Arizona
Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax License
You can apply for a TPT license online, by mail, or in person.
OPTION 1: Apply Online With AZTaxes
- OR -
OPTION 2: Apply by Mail or in Person
Fee: $12 per business location
Customer Care and Outreach
Arizona Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 29032
Phoenix, AZ 85038-9032
1600 W. Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
55 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
400 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Other Arizona Business Licenses
The processes vary for obtaining other Arizona licenses that may be necessary for your business.
Check out the Arizona Department of Commerce business licensing page and your local government office for more information. The state Department of Commerce also provides a business checklist that can direct you to the licenses you need.
The Arizona TPT license is valid for one year, expiring on December 31. The license must be renewed by January 1. There is no renewal fee.
To renew your TPT license, go to the AZTaxes website, log in to your account, and select “License Renewal.”
Federal Business Licenses and Permits
You can get a business license by applying with the correct licensing and regulatory agency for your business. Business licensing requirements depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
If your business conducts activities that are regulated by the federal government, you will need to apply for the appropriate business license or permit.
Choose a business activity below to learn how to apply:
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Mining and drilling
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics
AZ Business License FAQ
What is a business license?
A business license is a permit issued to businesses by a government office that allows the business to operate in a particular area. They can be issued by federal, state, or local governments. There are typically different licensing requirements for different businesses and different locations.
What are the types of business licenses?
There are many types of business licenses. These include licenses at the local, state, and federal levels, licenses related to sales tax and other taxes, and specific licenses for various professions. There are also environmental licenses, zoning permits, and more.
Is there a national business license?
Most businesses don’t need a federal business license, but some industries, including broadcasting, investment advising, and drug manufacturing, do have federal regulations and licenses.
Is an EIN the same as a business license?
No. An employer identification number (EIN) is issued by the IRS to identify and keep track of businesses, but it does not license them to operate.
Is an LLC considered a business license?
No. An LLC is a type of business structure. While you are required to register as an LLC, it is not a business license.
Who needs a business license in Arizona?
Any business that sells products or services that are subject to the Arizona transaction privilege tax must have a license.
Additional licenses may be required for businesses in certain areas or in certain professions.
What licenses do I need to open a business in Arizona?
Most Arizona businesses need a transaction privilege tax license. Additionally, most counties require businesses to obtain a business license at the county level, and there are other state licenses required for certain professions.
How much does an Arizona business license cost?
An Arizona transaction privilege tax license costs $12 per location. Fees for other licenses vary.
How do I get a business license in Arizona?
The processes for obtaining other state licenses that may be necessary for your business vary.
Do I have to renew my Arizona business license?
The Arizona TPT license is valid for one year, expiring on December 31. The license must be renewed by January 1. There is no renewal fee. The renewal requirements for other licenses vary.