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Application for Business, Occupation and Professional License

The City of Scottsdale requires a license for service-oriented businesses located in Scottsdale that do not have a City of Scottsdale transaction privilege (sales) tax liability.  This includes all activities or acts including, but not limited to service, professionals, trades and occupations, personal or corporate.   To engage or continue in business the owner must obtain a Business, Occupational and Professional license.

Service oriented businesses located outside the City limits are NOT required to obtain a Business, Occupational and Professional License from The City of Scottsdale.

Business Occupation and Professional License Application
(PDF/111kb/3pp) - fillable form

For determination of tax liability please review the taxable activities on our web site.  It is possible the business owner may be subject to use tax, review the use tax information to make a determination.

Application Process

  1. To apply for a license, complete the online license application. When completed, print and return the application with a check for the $12.00 US non-refundable application fee and applicable license fee as listed below. You must apply for a license before you open for business.
  2. Once a license is approved and all fees have been paid, a license will be mailed to the applicant.
  3. Please check with Development Services to be sure that your business location is zoned for your business activity. You can reach them at 480-312-2500. 

Separate License

Each business is required to have a separate license for each location or entity located in the City of Scottsdale city limits.

Annual License Fee Table

The Annual License fee is computed by the number of employees and the start date of the business. 

Number of Employees License Fee (if paying before bus. start date) Delinquent License Fee (if paying after bus. start date)
0-2 $50.00 US $75.00 US
3-7 $75.00 US $112.50 US
8-11 $100.00 US $150.00 US
12-25 $125.00 US $ 187.50 US
26-100 $150.00 US $ 225.00 US
101-200 $175.00 US $ 262.50 US
201&Over $200.00 US $ 300.00 US
For new businesses with a start date after March 31, prorate the license fee quarterly.
Business Start Date License Fee (if paying before bus. start date) License Fee (if paying after bus. start date)
JAN 1 - MAR 31 full annual fee 150% of applicable license fee
APR 1 - JUN 30 3/4 annual fee 150% of applicable license fee
JUL 1 - SEP 30 1/2 annual fee 150% of applicable license fee
OCT 1 - DEC 31 1/4 annual fee 150% of applicable license fee

Copies of Code

Copies of the Scottsdale Business, Occupational and Professional License code are available from Tax and License Registration or the Business, Occupational and Professional ordinance can be viewed online.


Office Hours:
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.

Office Location:
7447 E. Indian School Road, Suite 110
Scottsdale, AZ 85251