HOW TO OBTAIN A LICENSE
STEP 1: STATE REQUIREMENTS
The following State requirements must be met prior to applying for a Layton City Business License.
- Register Your Business Name
All entities conducting business in Utah under an assumed or fictitious (DBA – Doing Business As) name must register such name with the State of Utah Dept. of Commerce. The State has developed an online “One-Stop Business Registration” for your convenience at www.utah.gov/business.
- Obtain State Sales Tax Number
If your business will be collecting sales tax (selling or reselling products to consumers) you will need to obtain a Sales and Use Tax Number. This may be done by applying online at www.tax.utah.gov.
- Obtain Employer Related Tax Numbers
If your business has employees or operates as a Corporation or Partnership, you must apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) using the Internal Revenue Service’s Form SS-4. This form can be obtained online at www.irs.gov.
STEP 2: BUSINESS LICENSE APPLICATION
Select the appropriate Business License Application, print a copy and complete all information. Then submit your application to Business Licensing along with verification of business name registration, sales tax/EIN numbers and copies of any required State Licenses (ie. contractors, cosmetologists, child care providers, physicians etc.).
Once the application and all required documents have been submitted, typical approval time takes 2-4 weeks if there is no missing or inadequate information on the application, and if no Conditional Use Permit is required.
STEP 3: APPLICATION APPROVAL
Your application will be reviewed by the Planning Division verifying the business will be located within an appropriate zone, or if a Conditional Use Permit is required. To verify whether or not a Conditional Use Permit is needed, you may contact the Planning Division at 801-336-3780.
STEP 4: BUILDING PERMIT
A building permit is required for all building changes, modifications, additions, and remodels to the building/space (electrical, plumbing, mechanical, structural) along with associated fees. Please contact the Building Division at 801-336-3760 if you have questions.
STEP 5: INSPECTIONS – BUILDING / FIRE / HEALTH DEPT.
All new commercial business licenses require at least two (2) separate inspections; one from the Building & Licensing Division and one from Fire Dept. After your application has been approved by the Planning Division, you will be contacted by the Building & Licensing Division to schedule a building inspection. The Fire Dept. will contact you for their inspection.
If you have a building permit for your location, the building and fire inspections will be included as part of the service provided.
Please see the Fire & Life Safety Checklist for a list of things the inspectors will be looking for.
If a business deals with handling of food, an inspection from the Davis County Health Department will also be required.
STEP 6: LICENSE ISSUANCE
After the Building Dept., Fire Dept., and if applicable the Health Dept. have conducted their inspections and have given occupancy approval, your business license and occupancy certificate will be mailed to you.