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Licensing Requirements

All Businesses located in the City of Scottsdale require either a Transaction Privilege (Sales) Tax license or Business, Occupational and Professional license.  For assistance in determining if your activity is taxable please view sales tax information.

City ordinance also regulates certain other business activities.  View list of licenses.

Please use our Interactive Business License Guide to guide you through the licensing process, provide answers to your questions and give you the necessary forms to be completed.


Alarm Permits

The Scottsdale City Council adopted an ordinance in 1994 that requires homes and businesses with alarms to obtain an annual permit


Of course you can also come visit us at our office location or contact us for further assistance.

Important Notices:

Updated information for rental properties:

City Council adopts new Model City Tax Code: Get details

Commercial Leases Exemption:
As of July 1st, 2013, income derived from commercial leases between two businesses with at least 80% common ownership is exempt from transaction privilege tax. This applies to leases between affiliated companies, businesses, persons, or reciprocal insurers if the lessor holds a controlling interest in the lessee or vice versa. If you have any questions concerning this exemption, please call the Tax and License office at 480-312-2400. To claim the affiliated entities exemption, please fill out the Claim of Exemption Form (PDF) and return it as noted.

Eligibility for License:
Under Arizona Revised Statute 41-1080, you may be required to produce documentation of your legal right to work in the United States. If you are an individual applying for a license or permit, you must fill out and sign the Licensing Eligibility Checklist (PDF) and submit it along with your application.  The required documents must be presented in person or if sending by mail, please call 480-312-2400 for further instructions.

How do I renew my license?

If you have your billing statement showing the total amount due, you can renew your license online.

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Business Services
7447 E Indian School Rd. Suite 110
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

P: 480-312-2400
F: 480-312-4806

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. except City Holidays

If fingerprint processing is required, please arrive at our office by 4:30 p.m.