In an effort to encourage registrations for the City of Mesa's general business license, the application fee will remain $10 through the end of 2023. The application is available at mesaaz.gov/business/licensing.
The City approved a $25 fee for the Mesa Business License, with an introductory cost of $10 for 2022. With the creation of this license, Mesa joined several major municipalities in Arizona - including Scottsdale, Chandler and Gilbert - requiring businesses to be licensed or registered in their respective communities.
"Mesa is invested in the success of our businesses large and small, and the licensing process is already creating greater ease in connecting them with available resources," said Mayor John Giles. "To continue to build this relationship and connect our businesses with available tools and support, I'm pleased that we're extending the introductory fee rate through 2023."
Mesa began issuing a general business license in January 2022 to better serve and support local businesses. Most businesses that collect sales tax, provide services or are based at home must apply for the license. Some exemptions apply, including casual business activity and businesses called out by Arizona state statute.
The Mesa Business License, supported by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, enables the City to provide timely information and essential news for operating a business, especially in times of emergency. Additionally, the license serves as a starting point for obtaining other permits and code requirements to do business in Mesa.
"Business licenses provide us with critical information that helps us make Mesa a better place to do business," said City of Mesa Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak. "Additionally, the licenses give us the ability to tell Mesa businesses about important resources and programs that help them grow their businesses and thrive in today's competitive environment."
Businesses must display the license where it can be seen, providing confidence to customers and validating a business's presence in the community. Licenses are valid 12 months from the date of issuance.
Business owners can find more information and a list of frequently asked questions on the City's licensing page: mesaaz.gov/business/licensing" target="_blank"> mesaaz.gov/business/licensing.