Business License
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the City of Somerton and inform you of the requirements of business ownership inside the City limits. The following information is generalized and is intended to give you some basic information. There may, however, be more specific information for your particular type of business. Please feel free to contact our Clerk Department/Business License Office for additional information by calling (928) 722-7330.

The City of Somerton Business License Office is located within Somerton City Hall, second floor. The office is available for business from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We are closed on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. 

License Application 
You may request a business license application in person, by mail or by download. There are five types of applications that can be downloaded:
 Is your Business Located Within the City Limits of Somerton?
You will need to return the completed application packet to the business license desk. The application will be reviewed by city staff to determine if the application can be approved or disapproved based upon its location and your type of business. Their job is to make sure that your business will comply with City zoning regulations both in commercial areas and residential neighborhoods. Please refer to the application packet for more detailed information about the approval process. 
Business located outside of the City limits does not require going through approvals. Food-related businesses are required to see the Yuma County Health Department and provide a copy of their health license.
 
Do You Have A Home Business?
It should be noted that many people are unaware that even small, home-based businesses located inside the City or those that come into the City to conduct business are required to be licensed before conducting business. Temporary (or itinerant) businesses, adult-oriented, special events, carnivals, door-to-door sales, and non-profit organizations have regulations that pertain to them specifically. The Business License Office has information regarding those types of activities.
After Approval
After the application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by our staff. You will receive your new license by mail. The license must be displayed so that it can be easily seen at your business location.
 License Fees
The license fee dependent upon the type or classification of your business. Our most common license fee is $80.00per calendar year and all license fees are non-refundable. Your business classification may or may not fall under the range listed here. The complete license fee schedule is available by viewing the Fee schedule.
 Still, Have Questions?
Questions regarding the best way to operate your business should be directed to a certified public accountant, tax specialist, or an attorney who specializes in business and tax matters. Our office is not qualified to give you specific information on how to run your business but there are several resources available to you in the community.

Listed below is contact information for some agencies that you may find helpful:

Arizona Liquor Licenses & Control

Arizona Registrar of Contractors (928) 344-6990

Yuma County Health Department 928-329-2235

 Hopefully, the information provided will help you in getting your business off to a great start. If our office can be of any help to you in the future, do not hesitate to contact the City of Somerton Economic Development Department and the Clerk Department.