Business License

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New Development, Licensing, and Permitting System and Online Portal Now in Operation

The City of Fayetteville has implemented a new web-based system called EnerGov™ to handle applications and payments for Planning, Engineering, Building Safety, Business Licensing, Alcoholic Beverage, and HMR/Supplemental Beverage. Please click here for more information about this transition. You can click on the above button to go directly to the Citizen Self-Service Portal (CSS).

Who Needs a Business License?

All businesses within the incorporated city limits of Fayetteville must obtain a Business License unless the business qualifies for an exemption. Please refer to Do I Qualify for more information. To determine if your business is located within the city limits, please visit our GIS map or use our Address Verification Tool. All businesses must apply for a license within 60 days of opening to avoid additional fees.

Renewals

All business licenses expire on October 31 each year. The renewal fee is $15 if payment is received by October 31. Please refer to the Fees section below for late fees. You can renew your business license online through our new Citizen Self-Service portal.

Renew in Person 

Please visit the Development Services Department at 125 West Mountain Street, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Renew by Mail

Send a check or money order, using blue or black ink only, made payable to City of Fayetteville to the address below. Please include a copy of your renewal notice or write your business license number in the memo section.

City of Fayetteville
Business License Clerk
125 West Mountain Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Fees


Please refer to the Business License Fees for complete fee information.

What to Expect

Once you apply and pay for your business license, it will go through a review process.
The type of review(s) will depend on the type of business you operate.

Types of Businesses and Reviews


 Hotel, Motel, Restaurant, Bar, & Rental Car Businesses:
    • Accounting Review
    • Fire Review
    • Zoning Review
Other Commercial Businesses:
    • Fire Review
    • Zoning Review
Home-Based Businesses:
    • Zoning Review

Contacts Information for Reviews:
Accounting Review - kmoore@fayetteville-ar.gov; 479.575.8287
Fire Marshal Review - firemarshal@fayetteville-ar.gov; 479.444.3448
Zoning Review:  Contact the Business License Clerk at 479.575.8352 to find out which planner is assigned to your review.

Fire Department Inspection

The Fire Marshal's office has created a list of the most common fire and life safety violations discovered during inspections. Please review this document and take corrective measures prior to applying for the Business License.

Once you have applied for the Business License, the Fire Marshal will contact you to conduct a building inspection if one is needed. All fire and life safety violations must be corrected.

If you have any questions about your Fire Review, you may contact the Fire Marshal by calling 479.444.3448 or by emailing firemarshal@fayetteville-ar.gov.

Special Licenses

Outdoor Mobile and Sidewalk Vendors

If you are an outdoor mobile vendor or a sidewalk vendor, you will not apply for a Business License. Instead, please use the links below to apply. Please contact 479.444.3443 with questions.
Outdoor Mobile Vendor
Sidewalk Vendor

Solicitation Permit

For a Solicitation Permit, please apply for the Business License and a Solicitation Permit. Please click on the link below to apply. Please contact 479.444.3443 with questions.
Solicitation Permit

Short-term Rental License

For a Short-term Rental business license, please click here for more information.