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The City of Tempe requires certain businesses and individuals to obtain a special regulatory license or permit prior to operating. Some of these businesses also require a Privilege Tax License.

Due to the fact that some types of licensing require background checks, it is imperative to allow enough lead time for processing your application prior to opening your business.

Required Regulated Licenses

Adult Oriented BusinessAdult Oriented ManagerAdult Oriented Service Provider


Amusement Machines


Auction HousePawnbrokerScrap DealerSecond Hand Dealer

Escort,  Escort RunnerEscort BureauIntroductory Services


LiquorSpecial Event Liquor

Massage Establishment

Mobile Merchant


SolicitorDoor-to-Door SolicitorNon-Profit Seller

Teen Dance Hall

Off-Track Wagering

Short-Term Rental Registration Program City of Tempe


Application Processing Time Frames and Fee Schedule