The purpose of the Prescott Valley Business License and Business License Fee is primarily to regulate and fund regulation of the quality of business activity which occurs or is transacted within the town limits, in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the town; and secondarily to raise revenue for the town.
It is unlawful for any person to carry on any trade, calling, profession, occupation or business without having procured a license from the town and otherwise complying with any and all regulations set forth in Article 8-02. In no case shall the site of the permanent business location of the licensee be solely determinative of the applicability of this Article. All businesses of any kind, including the businesses located outside the town limits of Prescott Valley, shall be assessed the fee if it can be shown that these businesses conduct substantial activity within the town.
Business or business activity broadly includes all commercial activities or acts engaged in or caused to be engaged in for profit, whether personal or corporate. This includes (but is not limited to) home occupations, special events and the leasing of commercial property. If the activity requires a building permit a business license is required prior to issuance of the building permit. All subcontractors need to be licensed as well as general contractors.
Obtaining a License Application
Business license applications (PDF) are obtained from the Office of the Town Clerk. The completed application packet (including applicable occupancy permit form and eligibility form) and the correct fees are to be returned to the Office of the Town Clerk. Faxed and/or scanned application forms are accepted. Completed applications and/or questions may be emailed to the Town Clerk. Fees may be paid in cash or by check or money order payable to the Town of Prescott Valley. Credit and debit cards are accepted.
For more information, call 928-759-3135 or email the Town Clerk's Office. For TPT sales tax inquiries, call 928-759-3132. For state tax questions, please call 1-800-634-6494 or visit the Arizona Taxes website. For Rental Property questions contact the Yavapai County Assessor at 928-771-3220. There is zero (0%) rental tax in Prescott Valley.
Contact the Town Clerk's office for information for specific licensing requirements and fees for restaurants, insurance agencies, liquor licenses, massage therapy, special events, non-profits and peddlers.
Liquor licenses need 30 days for Town Council approval before being forwarded to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for issuance.
Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes 41-1080 (the 'Legal Arizona Workers Act'), before issuing a license to an "individual", the individual must present a copy of 1 document to the town indicating that the individual's presence in the United States is authorized under federal law. For purposes of applying for a Business License in the town, an "individual" includes a sole proprietor and a non-statutory partnership or association. A corporation and a limited liability company (LLC) are examples of statutory business entities. Please note: Corporations and limited liability corporations do not need to submit the form.
Because of the importance of the town's business license requirements, the town occasionally mounts an enforcement campaign to ensure uniform application. As approved by the Prescott Valley Town Council, staff will accept applications for business licenses from businesses that have not been in compliance without investigating the issue of prior compliance, up to and including December 31, 2015. The Town of Prescott Valley will strictly enforce the business license provisions including, but not limited to, applying to the Magistrate Court for convictions under provisions of the Town Code.
Town Code makes it a class 3 misdemeanor for any person to carry on a trade, calling, profession, occupation or business without first obtaining a license from the town. Upon conviction, persons could be punished by a fine not to exceed $500 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 1 month, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation continues is a separate offense. The complete Town Code Article 8-02 for business licenses is available at the Town Clerk's office and on the Prescott Valley website.
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Checklist Program to Start, Operate and Grow a Business in Arizona is a free, interactive tool designed to help you easily navigate commonly requested information on what you need to know, who you need to contact, and where you need to go to license your business in Arizona. It also includes contact information to statewide resources and assistance to accelerate your business growth. Visit the Small Business Services page to access the Checklist Program.