In addition to the processes outlined below for new businesses, all establishments are subject to privilege licenses, and possibly other permits.
Licensing and Permits - Privilege License, Sign Permits, Alarm Permit
If you have decided to build a new building for your business, the project will go through the site plan review process with the Town. All plans for new site construction are subject to the Town Ordinances, including the Unified Development Ordinance, the Post Construction Ordinance, and the Municipal Code.
The plan review process operates under the Community Planning Program which divides the Town into four (4) “planning areas” with a planning staff member assigned to each “planning area”. The planner assigned to your area will be your contact and is in charge of coordinating the plan review of all Town Departments. You can contact the planner assigned to your “planning area” for basic questions on the process or even to set up a presubmittal meeting.
If you are opening a new business in an existing building or even moving a current business to an existing building, the Town requires that you obtain the proper permits.
Any business moving into a building is required to submit a Zoning Verification Application. The purpose of the this permit is to verify that the proposed business is appropriate for the zoning designation. Depending on the conditions of the site, you may be required to bring certain aspects into compliance with the Town Ordinance. Examples of this include, additional parking, installing a dumpster enclosures, etc.
If you will be doing interior work and pulling electrical permits from the County Building Inspections Department, you will also be required to receive an Interior Upfit Permit. This permit must be processed to verify that you will be doing interior work only. Additionally, all businesses are subject to Privilege Licenses, and possibly other permits. Please select Licensing and Permits for more information.
Businesses Operated out of a home are called Home Occupations and are subject to the requirements of the Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 780.
Some types of business operations can be conducted at home with little or no effect on the surrounding neighborhood. The regulations of the Ordinance are intended to permit occupations while ensuring these businesses will not have any detrimental impact on the use and enjoyment of surrounding properties. The ordinance requires that home businesses remain clearly incidental and subordinate in floor space to the residential use of the property and that the home occupation will not change the essential residential character of the dwelling.