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Thank you for choosing the City of Glendale to establish your business. We wish you much success.

Below is a guide to assist City of Glendale businesses in successfully completing the licensing
process.  This guide will be applicable to the majority of businesses seeking to operate or conduct
business within the City of Glendale.  There may be other requirements needed from other
government agencies. A list of some of the agencies is provided below.

Before You Start Your Business

  • There are important local regulatory issues that may require attention and if not in compliance
    with city regulations, could result in a delay of issuing a license.  To obtain details pertaining to
    your business regulations, refer to the Departments below.
  • All Persons engaging in business, whether operating from a fixed location in Glendale or entering
    Glendale from an outside location to engage in business activities, is required to obtain a Glendale
    Business license and or Special Regulatory license.  Special provisions exist for residential rental
    businesses. Please visit the “Residential Rental” webpage.
  • If your business is subject to transaction privilege sales and use tax you should be licensed with
    the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR).  If you are not yet licensed, visit to
    register and get licensed. 
  • If you are purchasing a business, you could be held liable for any unpaid Transaction and Privilege
    Sales Taxes owed to the City by the seller.  The purchaser should require proof that the taxes have
    been paid by having the former owner produce a Certificate of Compliance from the Tax & License
    Division.  Otherwise you may be subject to Successor Liability.
  • Some types of licenses may require background checks and it is imperative to allow enough lead
    time for processing your license prior to opening your business.

Planning & Zoning

(623) 930-2800
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  • Verify zoning regulations allow for your type of business at your proposed location
  • Apply for permit(s) that may be required including signage.
  • Verify parking requirements.
  • All Home based business must complete the Home Based Business Questionnaire and submit
    withthe application.
  • Group homes must first contact Planning & Zoning for approval.
  • Requirements vary by location.  Call or visit the website for additional Planning & Zoning

Building Safety

(623) 930-2800
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  • All commercial-based locations within the Glendale city limits must obtain Building Safety
  • Requirements vary by location. Call or visit the website for additional Building Safety

Fire Department

(623) 930-4400
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  • Fire Permits
  • Fire Protection
  • Fire Preventions Contractors lists
  • Fire Prevention Codes, Standards, Inspections
  • Fire Plan review
  • Hazardous Materials Permits
  • Fireworks
  • Special Event Permits

Transportation Department
(623) 930-2940
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  • Sign Permits assure that signs meet City requirements.Please contact the Transportation
    Department at (623) 930-2940 for further information.

Police Department, Alarm Unit
(623) 930-2466
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  • Alarm Security Permits verify addressing and building layout to guarantee access to the
    building in a timely manner in the event of an emergency, and secures all required contact

Next Steps
After you have obtained the required permits and are in compliance with Department regulations and
requirements as indicated above:

  • Obtain the appropriate licensing packet(s), found at Application packets:
    • Obtain a Business License packet and complete the checklist, application and other
      required documents.
    • Obtain other license packets such as:Special Regulatory, Amusement, Sexually
      Oriented Business, Open-Air Markets and Park-and-Swap Operations.
    • If you require a Transaction Privilege Sales Tax License, you will be required to obtain
      your Glendale TPT license with Arizona Department of Revenue by registering with

  • Get fingerprinted, if necessary.
  • Pay your fees. See the section below regarding Fees and Payment Information.
  • Wait for the approval process which usually takes six to eight (6 to 8) weeks for most licenses
    but can be sooner if all requirements are in order at the time of application. If you are not in
    compliance with city regulations and requirements, this could result in a delay of issuing a license.
    See the section below regarding Timeline for Internal Processing.

Fees and Payment Information

(623) 930-3190

  • Payments can be paid in person at our office location, or mailed directly:

In person:
City of Glendale
City Hall First Floor
5850 W. Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301

PO Box 800
Glendale, AZ 85311-0800

Timeline for Internal Processing
(623) 930-3190

Other Information
(623) 930-3190

  • Non-profit: All Glendale-based non-profits are also required to complete the standard
    Transaction Privilege Tax License application with the Arizona Department of Revenue.
    A copy of the current (dated 1994 or later) letter from the IRS confirming the organization’s
    non-profit status under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Service Code is required by the
    State in order to process your application.
  • Licenses are subject to an annual renewal. A renewal notice will be sent to you approximately
    three weeks prior to the expiration date. A renewal fee may apply and it is important to return the
    renewal notice to renew your license, update the information, or to cancel the license. Your license
    will not automatically be cancelled. You must provide written notice of cancellation or sign and
    returnyour renewal notice indicating you wish to cancel. Transaction Privilege Tax Licenses will be
    renewed through the Arizona Department of Revenue.
  • If you have questions or need assistance, contact our Customer Service Division weekdays,
    excluding holidays, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (623) 930-3190 or by email

Other Governmental Agencies that you may be required to contact

U.S. Internal Revenue Service
Arizona Department of Transportation
Arizona Secretary of State
Arizona Liquor Licenses & Control
Arizona Registrar of Contractors
Arizona Corporation Commission
Arizona Department of Revenue
AZTaxes – Tax Registration system
Maricopa County Assessor’s Office
Maricopa County Health Department


  • Some types of licensing require background checks. It is imperative to allow enough lead time
    for processing your license prior to opening your business.
  • If you have not obtained the applicable permits or are not in compliance with Department regulations,
    approval of your license application could be delayed. On the other hand, if all requirements are met,
    the timeframe could be less than normal.

City of Glendale Licensing Changes, effective January 1, 2017

What are the changes?

Chapter 21, Article III – Licenses, Taxation and Miscellaneous Business Regulations

    • Added definitions relevant to Business Licensing
    • Added Business Licensing requirements
    • Established a Business License Fee, $25
    • Eliminated Business License fee proration
    • Added business Licensing cancellation requirements
    • Established Business cease and desist order guidelines
    • Established an effective date
    • Provided penalties for violations
    • Provided for severability
    • Established January 1, 2017 as the effective date

Chapter 21.1 (Model City Privilege Sales Tax Code), Article III – Licensing and Recordkeeping
Sec. 21.1-320

    • Reduced the Transaction Privilege and Use tax License fee from $50 to $35
    • Established an effective date
    • Provided penalties for violations
    • Provided for severabilit

What does this mean?

  • Effective 1/1/2017, the Glendale Transaction Privilege and Use Tax License fee will be $35. 
    You will be required to obtain or renew your license with the Arizona Department of Revenue.
    The Arizona Department of Revenue will be conducting the 2017 license renewal for the City of
    Glendale. Visit for assistance.
  • Effective 1/1/2017, the Glendale Business License fee will be $25. You will be required to obtain
    or renew your license with the City of Glendale Tax & License Division.
  • If your business started prior to 1/1/2017, you will also be liable for prior year fees and penalties
    according totheprior fee structure.

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