Important Update:

Tempe's distracted driving ordinance updated to primary offense. Mobile devices must be operated in hands-free mode while driving, info here.

Regulatory Licenses

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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.


Contact Information


Required Regulated Licenses

Office Address
Tax and License Division 
20 E 6th Street, 3rd floor
Tempe, AZ 85281

Hours: 8am - 5pm
Monday through Friday
(excluding City holidays)
Phone: 480-350-2955
Fax: 480-350-8659

Mailing Address
City of Tempe
Tax and License Division
PO Box 5002
Tempe, AZ 85280

Fingerprinting location/hours
Police Station 
120 E 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Hours: 9am - 1pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

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 

Application Processing Time Frames and Fee Schedule