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Tucson Tax and License Online

We are rolling out a new online business license portal for the City.  When this becomes available, you will be able to:

  • Apply for a new Tucson business license
  • Pay license fees as well as taxes due (for periods prior to 2017)
  • Review account information

In the meantime, feel free to contact the License Section at or (520) 791-4566 for more information.  Below are links to our application form, and the home occupation form that is needed if your business will be based out of a residence inside the city limits.

Business License Application and Instructions pdf

Home Occupation Form pdf


License Application Identification Requirements pdf

Effective October 1, 2008, ARS § 41-1080 requires that certain forms of identification be presented when applying for a Business License with the City of Tucson. They are listed at this link.

Change in the City's Business License Policy pdf

Effective January 1, 2008, a new business license policy went into effect at the City of Tucson. For more information about the policy and how it was designed, see the Mayor and Council Regular Session item dated September 5, 2007 pdf.


ATTENTION:  Buying a Business – Important Information

A person buying a business is liable for unpaid taxes of the seller's business. Before purchasing any business, the buyer should require the seller to provide a “Letter of Good Standing” issued by the License Section at (520) 791-4566. This document states there is no tax amount outstanding as of the date of issuance. Additionally, if the business has a liquor license, the buyer needs to contact the Revenue Investigations Section at (520) 791-4247 to determine if a liquor complaint has been filed with the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control at (602) 542-5141 for unpaid taxes.