Business License FAQs

How quickly can I get my business license?

Once payment has been received, the business license application will be distributed to all required departments for approval. The business license review and approval process normally takes 2-5 days, however, circumstances can vary depending on individual requirements.

If I have applied for a business license can I conduct business while I wait for the license to be approved?

No. City Code states:
Except as otherwise provided by this title, it is unlawful for any person to engage in business within the city without first obtaining a license from the city for doing so, and it is unlawful to continue to engage in a business without maintaining a valid license with the city. It is unlawful for a person to engage in business using a name other than the name in which the city issued or renewed the license. It is also unlawful to continue engaging in business after the city has suspended or revoked a license for such business. (Ord. 2015-13, 10-6-2015).

What if my business license application is denied?

If a business license application is denied, the denial can be appealed.
See City Code 5.04.220 for information on the appeal process.

How long is my business license good for?

Most business licenses are valid for one year from the date of issuance, after which time they can be renewed.

How can I renew my business license?

Business licenses can be renewed in several different ways:

Per City Code 5.04.210:

F.  Renewals:  A business is responsible for renewing their business license no sooner than 30 days and no later than the date of expiration.

Can I renew my business license by phone?

Payment by phone is not accepted for business licenses.

I didn’t receive a renewal notice for my business license. Do I still have to pay the late fee?

Yes. Regardless of receipt of the renewal notice the business is responsible to maintain a valid City business license.

What if I operate my business without a business license?

Any business owner operating without a valid City business license shall be deemed guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

Are all home occupation businesses required to have a business license from South Jordan City?


Effective July 17, 2018 not all home occupation businesses are required to obtain a business license from South Jordan City.  The only types of home occupation businesses that require a license from South Jordan are:

  1. In-home child or adult care and preschool businesses;
  2. Businesses that have customers/clients coming to the home; and
  3. Any business that is required by another government agency to obtain a city business license.

All other home occupations may operate without a city business license.  

A home occupation business license is available to any home occupation business that is otherwise exempt from licensing but still wishes to have a city license.  Simply apply for a Home Occupation Business License via the online Portal, submit required documents, and pay fees as per the City’s fee schedule.

Ordinance 2018-14

I am moving my business from one location in South Jordan to another location in South Jordan. Do I need to obtain a new business license for the new address?

Yes. When a business license is issued, it is issued to the address provided on the application. Moving to a new location requires a new license. Therefore, completion of the Business License Application is required for the new location in order to obtain a valid business license.