Business License

All businesses within the incorporated city limits of Fayetteville must obtain a Business License unless the business qualifies for an exemption.
Please refer to Do I Qualify (PDF) for more information.

To determine if your Business/Home-Based Business address is within the city limits please visit our GIS map.
[Once the map is loaded, at the top, click the second icon from the left to enter your address.]

If you are a Outdoor Mobile Vendor or a Sidewalk Vendor you will not fill out for a business license.
Please use these forms to apply:
 Outdoor Mobile Vendor
 Sidewalk Vendor
 Solicitation Permit
For an in-depth look into all that is required to start a business please visit our Starting A Business In Fayetteville Online Handbook.
New Business
A business can submit an application and pay online for a discounted rate. You may also apply and submit payment by mail, or in person. To begin the application process, please refer to the New Business Online Application.
Existing Business 
An existing business that has not yet applied for a business license must do so within 60 days of the business opening to avoid additional fees. Please refer to the New Business Online Application.
If your business has been in operation for more than 60 days and does not have a business license please contact the Business License Clerk at 479-575-8233 before beginning the application process.
Renew Business License
Business license renewals are between September 1st and October 31st of each year. To begin the renewal process, please refer to Renew Business License.
If you prefer to renew your business license in person, our office is located at 125 W Mountain St, and our office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Please contact the Business License Clerk, at 479-575-8233, email, if there have been substantial changes to the business description in order to determine if a new license is required.
Please refer to the Business License Fees for complete fee and late fee information.
What To Expect
Once you apply and pay for your business license it will go through a review process.
The type of review(s) will depend on the type of business you operate.

Types of Business and Reviews
  Hotel, Motel, Restaurant, Bar, & Rental Car Business:
  • Accounting Review
  • Fire Review
  • Zoning Review
Other Commercial Business:
  • Fire Review
  • Zoning Review
Home-Based Business:
  • Zoning Review

Email Contacts for Reviews:
Accounting Review -
Fire Marshal Review - 
Planning Zoning Review:
*Please contact the Business License Clerk to find out which planner is assigned to your business license -
Fayetteville Fire Department
The Fire Marshal's office has created a list of the most common fire and life safety violations (pdf) discovered during inspections. Please review this document and take corrective measures prior to applying for the business license.

Once you have applied for the business license, the Fire Marshal will contact you to conduct a building inspection if one is needed. All fire and life safety violations must be corrected.
If you have any further questions about your Fire Review you may contact the Fire Marshal by calling 479-444-3448 or by emailing