How to Obtain a Business License

Who muBusiness Licensest license their business?
Generally, all businesses are required to license with the local municipality in which they are doing business. General standards exist for licensure, but each city also has unique requirements and procedures.

What is a business license and do I need one?
A business license is where Ivins City grants permission to engage in a business activity at a specific location within the City. The definition of a business includes every trade, occupation, profession or activity engaged in for commerce. A business may be inspected and required to fulfill local zoning, building, safety and health requirements before receiving a license.

Once I apply for a business license/permit how long does it take to get one?

Home Office Business License – 1-2 business days

Residential Solicitation – 1 day for a temporary – 1-3 weeks for an annual.

Handbill Permit – 0-2 days

Home Occupation Business License – varies, depends on the application – 2 days to 6 weeks

Commercial Business License – 6 weeks

Approvals from the following departments are required to obtain a Commercial Business License:

(Depending on the application some Home Occupation business licenses may also require these as well)

Planning & Zoning          Fire Department – $25.00 per inspection fee

Building                         Public Safety

How much does a business license/permit cost?

Home Office – $50.00 – Annual Renewal – $25.00

Home Occupation – $50.00 (+ $25.00 fire insp. when required) – Annual Renewal – $25.00

Commercial – $50.00 + $25.00 fire inspection = $75.00

Residential Solicitation License – $25.00 – valid for 1 year

Handbill Distribution Permit – $25.00 – valid for 30 days.

What types of business licenses require a Background Criminal Identification (BCI) check?

Background checks are required for the following business activities: beer and liquor, residential solicitation, dancers, sexually oriented businesses & employees, anything to do with children and day care providers.

Where can I apply for a Background Criminal Identification (BCI) check?


Download an application:

Department of Public Safety – Bureau of Criminal Identification

3888 West 5400 South

Salt Lake City, Utah 84118

Phone: (801) 965-4445

Fax: (801) 965-4749

Office Hours – 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Thursday

BCI is closed Fridays, weekends, and state holidays

Can I operate a business from my home?

Home Office and Home Occupation Business Licenses are specifically designed for those that want to work from their home.