About Mesa Business License
As of January 2022, the City of Mesa began issuing general business licenses to enhance communication among local businesses. Most businesses that collect sales tax (retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, etc.), service businesses, and home-based businesses operating in Mesa require a business license. The Mesa Business License, supported by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, allows the City to provide businesses with timely information and news for operating, especially in cases of emergency. It will also serve to commence a more accessible form for obtaining other permits and code requirements to do business in Mesa.
Early Application Benefits
To encourage early adoption, the first 500 eligible small business to apply by March 31 and receive the Mesa Business License may activate a free one-year membership with to the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), valued at $250. The ASBA membership provides access to educational programs, resources, networking opportunities and exclusive member benefits for a year. This benefit is available to businesses with fewer than 100 employees that sign up no later than April 30.
In addition, the Mesa Business License opens a door to the Mesa Business Builder (MBB) Small Business Assistance Program, which can be worth over $500 in free customized business consulting programs. The MBB Small Business Assistance Program provides customized professional support services in marketing, accounting, strategic planning and more to help small businesses build a foundation for success. This program is eligible for businesses with 25 or fewer full-time employees. For more details, visit here.
The Mesa City Council has approved a $25 fee for the license, with a $10 introductory rate (and $10 renewals) through the end of 2024 to build awareness.
It is highly encouraged that businesses display the license where it can be seen to ensure customers with validation of a business’s presence in the community. Licenses are valid 12 months from date of issuance.
If you haven’t already, apply for a Mesa Business License here.