Pinal County does not require a business license for businesses in San Tan Valley, an unincorporated part of the county.
If you are opening your business in San Tan Valley, please follow the steps listed below:
- Contact Pinal County Planning and Zoning @ 520-866-6452 to make an appointment for Initial Plan Review and subsequent reviews. Planning & Zoning will also put you in contact with other County departments as deemed necessary.
- Make sure that the business "fits" the zoning requirements of the business location. Contact Planning & Zoning to find out - 520-866-6452.
- If the business fits the zoning, as mentioned in #2, you may also want to see if it is allowed per CC&R's of your homeowners association (HOA), assuming you may be in one. If not in an association, this would not be needed.
- It is also recommended to contact the Arizona State Department of Revenue to find out about the taxes associated with businesses. They can be reached at 602-255-3381 or at www.azdor.gov
- If you need to register your business name, or research an existing business name, please use the following link to the Arizona Secretary of State webpage. Pinal County does not collect nor register business names, etc. This would be done through the Arizona Secretary of State’s office. The website for this office is: www.azsos.gov
Start a Home Based Business In Pinal County
Many residents of Pinal County find the venture of running a home business very profitable and satisfying economically. A home occupation can satisfy the needs of a parent with young children at home, a retired person who may have limited mobility, or just someone who likes the convenience of making some extra income in the comfort of their own surroundings. However, in order to establish a Home Occupation in Pinal County, there is a certain process which must be followed and certain criteria which must be met. The following are the steps to make sure your business is legal, safe, and non-disruptive to your neighbors.
- Have your zoning determined. There are many zoning districts in the county which allow for Home Occupations. They are: SR, SH, GR, CR-1, CR-2, CR-3, CR-4 CR-5, TR, MH, AND RV.
- Write out a description of your business. What are you planning to do? Does this home occupation meet the criteria under the definition from the Pinal County Zoning Ordinance, Sec. 433 See “Definition” next.
- Apply in person for a Business Use Permit at one of our County Planning and Development sites in Florence, Casa Grande, Oracle, or Apache Junction. Bring in a site plan showing the location of the business on your property, parcel number, and proof of ownership or authorization form (available on line) signed by the owner if you are leasing the property.
An activity carried on by the occupant of a dwelling as a secondary use, including--*professional and semi-professional offices, when conducted and entered from within the dwelling.
- In connection, there is no public display of stock–in-trade (merchandise on display) or signs upon the premises.
- Not more than one non-resident of the premises is employed.
- Not more than one fourth of the floor area of the main building is used for the home occupation.
- Not more than 200 square feet of a detached workshop is used for the home occupation.
- The residential character of the dwelling is not changed.
- No sustained or unpleasant or unusual noises or vibrations, noxious fumes or odors caused by home occupation.
- No parking or traffic congestions in the immediate neighborhood
*see definitions of professional and semi-professional below
There will be a fee of $50 to process the application and you will receive your Business Use Permit within 14 working days.
Professional—Includes accountants, architects, Podiatrists, chiropractors, dentists, engineers, Lawyers, naturopaths, osteopaths, physicians, surgeons, surveyors, and veterinarians.
Semi-Professional—Includes insurance brokers, photographic studios, public stenographers, real estate brokers, stock brokers, and other persons who operate or conduct offices which do not require the stocking of goods for sale at wholesale or retail: does not include barbers, beauty operators, cosmetologists, embalmers, or morticians.
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) must approve any permits for the manufacture and sale of firearms or ammunition.
- Call the Health Department at 520-866-6807 prior to making any plans for a home occupation involving food.
- Check with your local CCR’s to make sure your business is allowable in your neighborhood.
Small Business Resources:
- Arizona Department of Commerce-Small Business: www.azcommerce.com/smallbiz
Phone number: 602-771-1100
- Central Arizona College Small Business Development Center: www.centralaz.edu
Look under Business Outreach Phone number: 520-494-6610
- Arizona Corporation Commission (register your Corporation or Limited Liability Company) and check for name availability www.azcc.gov
- Arizona Secretary of State (register your trade name and other resources) www.azsos.gov
- US Small Business Administration (SBA) www.sba.gov
- SBA Small Business Planner
- SBA Arizona District Office
- SBA Veterans Programs
- SBA Native American Programs
- SBA Programs for Women
- SCORE: Counselors to Small Business www.scoreaz.org