Do you need a business license to operate a business in Salt Lake City, Utah?
To operate a business in Salt Lake City, you must obtain permission from the Salt Lake City Corporation. This is true even if you are operating a business from your home. Salt Lake City grants business licenses for this purpose.
The city uses business licenses to ensure that businesses are properly zoned, properly regulated, and operating safely. This page will provide you with a guide to the information you need to obtain a business license in Salt Lake City. For more information, please visit the official Salt Lake City website.
What information do you need?
The following information is required to obtain a business license from Salt Lake City:
- Completed application form
- Necessary fees
- Utah State Department of Commerce Registration
- State Sales Tax Number
- Federal Tax ID Number
How long does it take?
Salt Lake City suggests that you wait until 30 days prior to opening your business to apply for a license. If it takes longer than 30 days to open your business from the time you submit your application, you may be required to pay additional re-inspection fees. Salt Lake City suggests that you contact the business license staff at their office or call them prior to submitting your application to ensure a smooth process. Business licenses are usually approved within 30 days of a received application.
How much does a business license cost?
A non-refundable $100 application fee is required for every new business license. There is also a $15 fee for every full-time employee and a $15 fee for every part-time employee. Further, there is a $75 for every freight sticker. To see a full fee schedule please visit the official Salt Lake City website.
Are any other licenses or permits required?
Home License: A Home Occupation Permit is required to operate a business from your home. There is a $110.74 fee for a Home Occupation Permit. If your Home Occupation Permit is approved, there is a $75 fee for a Home Occupation License. You may also be subject to an additional Disproportionate Fee, depending on the nature of your business.
Alcohol License: To serve alcohol at your business, you must obtain a separate license from both Salt Lake City and the State of Utah’s Division of Alcohol Beverage Control. There are several types of licenses granted to serve alcohol depending on the nature of your business:
- Class A Beer License: Common for grocery and convenience stores
- Class B Beer License: Common for restaurants
- Class C Beer License: Common for bars and taverns
- Class D Beer License: Common for special events at a business location
- Class E Beer License: Common for recreational facilities
- Class F Beer License: Common for breweries
- Temporary Beer License: For temporary businesses
- Liquor Consumption License: Common for restaurants
- Private Club- Class B License: Common for liquor consumption at private clubs
There are different applications for each alcohol license. There may also be location restrictions based on the type of business you operate. For more information, please visit the official Salt Lake City website.
Sexually-Oriented Business License: Salt Lake City defines a sexually-oriented business as one that offers “nude entertainment businesses, sexually-oriented outcall services, adult businesses, seminude dancing bars, and seminude dancing agencies” (5.61.040, A.19). There are several zoning restrictions for sexually-oriented business, as well as additional business license fees. For a list of the associated fees, see the fee schedule provided previously on this page.
Vending Carts: Every vending cart that operates in Salt Lake City must obtain a separate business license. Vending carts are also subject to separate zoning laws. For more information about zoning laws regarding vending carts, please visit the official Salt Lake City website.
Where do I apply?
Business license applications can be obtained at the Business License Office at the City and County Building:
- 451 South State Street, Room 225, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can also download forms and find more information about obtaining your Salt Lake City business license at the official Salt Lake City website
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