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Business License Guidelines

A guide to obtaining and maintaining a business license in the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County

Additional information may be necessary for your particular business. You may need to contact other Federal and State Government agencies involved in the regulation and licensing of businesses.

Do I need a business license through Salt Lake County?

Salt Lake County ordinances require anyone conducting business in the County to obtain a business license. Each business location within the County must have a separate license.

Some communities governed by Salt Lake County include Kearns, Magna, Canyon Rim, MillCreek, and White City among others. If your business is located in a city such as Salt Lake City or Midvale City you must contact that particular government about the necessary licenses.

What do I need to do to apply for a Salt Lake County business license?
  1. Complete the Application for Business License and return to the Salt Lake County Planning and Development Services office located at 2001 South State Street, North Building, Room #N3600. Be sure to sign and date the form.
  2. The Information Specialist will determine if your type of business may be conducted at the requested location.
  3. After the zoning compliance is determined, fees will be collected. Fees will vary according to the type of business, number of employees, commercial vehicles, etc.
What happens next?

When you have submitted the business license application, copies of the application will be sent to other departments for inspections such as Salt Lake County Fire Department, Building Inspection, City/County Board of Health, and/or Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The business license will be issued by the Salt Lake County Council when the necessary inspections are complete and recommendations for approval are returned to the Planning and Development Services office.

Note: Not all businesses will require inspections from all of the above named departments.

How long will it take?

The normal processing time for a new business license is four to six weeks.

Note: You may not conduct your business until you have received your business license.

When do I need to renew my license?

Each Salt Lake County business license is valid for one year. Renewal notices will be mailed prior to the expiration of your license. In order to avoid late fees or penalties, the license must be renewed 30 days after it expires. However it is the responsibility of the licensee to renew the business license each year regardless of whether the business receives a renewal notice or not.

Salt Lake County business licenses are not transferable.

If a business moves to a new location or undergoes an ownership change, a new license must be obtained.