Business Licenses

Who Needs a Business License?

  • Businesses located in commercial or industrial zones. Submit general business application here.
  • Home based businesses that have an impact on their neighborhood as defined by city ordinance. See below for more information on home based businesses. Submit home business application here.
City Code Chapter 3 Article 4 outlines business license regulations. Follow this link to view the complete code section. In 2019, City Council made changes to the home business license requirements which can be found in Ordinance 644 - Home Based Businesses.

Renewing your Business License

All business licenses are valid for one calendar year, and expire on December 31st. A business license renewal reminder will be mailed to all licensed businesses in December of each year. If you close your business, please contact the City so that we may update our records. 
 

Home Based Business

A home occupation within a dwelling that (1) complies with all of the use limitations for the district in which it is located and (2) MINIMALLY changes the existing noise, traffic, odor, outdoor external storage or external lighting requirements of the neighborhood as determined by the Zoning Administrator is required to be registered with the City. Minimal impact for registration purposes shall mean a permitted business with actual or anticipated:
  1. Business traffic to or from the residence in excess of five (5) vehicles per day,
  2. Requiring the external storage used in the home occupation,
  3. Businesses having one (1) or more business related signs displayed and visible to the outside,
  4. Business having more than two (2) on site employees other than a members of the immediate family permanently occupying such residence,
  5. Business raising certain public health, public safety, or public welfare concern determined to be minimal by the Police Chief or City Zoning Administrator.
  1. TIER ONE
  2. TIER TWO
  3. TIER THREE

Tier one home occupations are not required to register. Some examples include:

  • Administrative offices of business/trade
  • Arts and crafts activities
  • Baking/catering
  • Beauty salon
  • Clerical/secretarial
  • Day-time adult care
  • Direct sales
  • Floral or interior design
  • Jewelry, watch, clock repair; engraving; locksmith;
  • Maid, laundry service
  • Internet business
  • Professional or administrative offices (including psychological, lawyer, accountant, engineer, architect or similar)
  • Photography
  • Picture framing
  • Scissors, saw, blade sharpening Small electronics repair
  • Seamstress, tailoring,
  • Tutoring, education or training