Model City Tax Code

The Scottsdale City Council recently approved an update to the Model City Tax Code. The city was being required to update the code to conform to a new state statute. The purpose of the update is to simplify the code by creating uniform tax licensing rules that can be applied equally for all municipalities.

The changes become effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Significant Changes:  

  • Eliminates a $12 application fee   
  • Eliminates pro-rated licensing fees for new licenses 
  • Eliminates temporary licenses. Transient businesses will be required to obtain a $50 annual license.
  • Requires real property rental licenses to be held in name of property owner. Property managers may still pay taxes on behalf of owners. 
  • Changes fee structure for owners with multiple locations -- only one license fee will be required.

Additional Ordinance Information:

New Ordinance (PDF) (becomes effective Jan. 1, 2015)


Direct questions to [email protected].

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

P: 480-312-7400
F: 480-312-4805

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

New applications and renewals are accepted until 4:30 p.m. daily.

Note: Business Services staff, in the course of their duties for the City, may do site visits to business or residences within the City of Scottsdale and/or to business that have a transaction privilege tax obligation to Scottsdale. All personnel will be identifiable by their City of Scottsdale Badge. In addition, an inspection form will be provided to a responsible person at the location.