Business Guide

The following information is a guide to assist you in establishing, or relocating, your business in West Valley City limits. If you have questions regarding the submission of your application, please do not hesitate to contact our office. You may reach us by telephone, mail, email or by stopping by City Hall in person. Feel free to email any questions you may have in regards to licensing requirements.

Who Needs a Business License?

If you have a place of business located in West Valley City limits, you must obtain a business license from West Valley City.

Business Definition

Our city ordinances define a business as: "Business" means and includes all trades, occupations, professions, or activities engaged within West Valley City, carried on for the purpose of gain or economic profit, except that the acts of employees rendering service to employers shall not be included in the term "business" unless otherwise specifically provided.

Place of Business

Place of business means each separate location maintained or operated by the licensee, whether or not under the same name, within the city from which business is engaged in.

Further, under Section 17-1-102: (1) Unless otherwise provided, it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in any business within the city without first having obtained a business license pursuant to this Title. A separate license shall be required for each type of business defined herein and for each place of business.

Licensing Exemption

There is an exception to the licensing requirement for any home business which grosses less than $1,000 annually. If your business falls into this category, you will simply need to sign an affidavit in which you state that this is your situation, and if you should increase your gross income, you will immediately apply for a license.

Storm Water

Please be aware that special precautions must be taken by Businesses to protect our Storm Water runoff and Drainage system. Watch a mandatory Storm Water Video on how to prevent pollution.

Good Housekeeping

Consumers are more aware of businesses that are giving back and doing their part to keep the community and environment clean. Good housekeeping practices and public image will make you a valuable business in West Valley City.

Apply Online

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