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. View more information about this transition here, or click on the button above 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.
All business licenses expire on October 31 each year. You can renew your business license online through our Citizen Self-Service portal.
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.
Contact Information for Reviews
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 via email or by calling 479-444-3448.
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 call 479-444-3443 with questions.
For a Solicitation Permit, please apply for the Business License and a Solicitation Permit. Please click on the link below to apply. Please call 479-444-3443 with questions.
Short-term Rental License
- Are landlords required to have a business license?
Yes. Any individual landlord who rents/leases out three(3) or more residential single family dwelling units(i.e. A Duplex = 2 dwelling units), or any(1 or more) commercial, industrial or institutional property is required to obtain a business license.
- Are churches and other religious institutions required to obtain a business license?
No. However, if the religious institution performs a function that requires state licensing, or that generates revenue upon which state sales or use taxes must be paid (i.e. daycare, bookstore, etc.) a business license must be obtained.
- I run my business from my home. Do I need a license?
Yes. If the home your are operating from is located within the incorporated city limits of Fayetteville a business license is required.
- I am a minor, do I need a business license?
No. An individual under eighteen years of age is not required to obtain a business license.
- Do I need a business license if I have been contracted for a specific job in Fayetteville but my business is located out of town/state?
No. However, you would need a business license if your company will have an office building within the city limits of Fayetteville, or will be operating out of a home (home-based business) and the home is located within the city limits of Fayetteville.
- Do non-profits require a business license?
Yes. All non-profits must obtain a business license. However, religious institutions that do not generate income from business sources (i.e. daycare, bookstore, etc.) are exempt.