Do I need to license my bike?
Anyone who rides there bike in the city of Provo needs to register their bicycle. Residents and non-residents alike, the only requirement is the bike will be used inside of Provo City Limits.
Where do I get a bicycle License
Bicycle licenses are available at the Provo City Center Building located at 351 W Center ST. You can fill out the application beforehand by downloading it here.
Bicycle License Form »
How much is a bicycle license?
The cost for a bicycle license is $1 per bike.
Do I Need A Business License?
Whether you are operating in a commercial location or from a home, if you are doing any of the following you need a business license:
- Keeping, conducting, or maintaining a rental dwelling, a mobile home rental dwelling, or a mobile home park
- Distributing tangible personal property at a retail or wholesale
- Distributing goods, or providing services to others for payment or reward, including: retail merchants, some day care providers, restaurants and food trucks, persons engaged in trades and crafts, professionals, including doctors, lawyers, accountants and dentists, contractors, banks, savings and loan associations, and real estate agents.
Employees working for an employer are usually not required to obtain their own business license. State licensed contractors only need to be licensed in the city where they have an office, including a home based office.
What Happens After I Turn in the application?
After we receive your application it will be reviewed for completion and accuracy. Next, we determine if any additional licenses and/or inspections are required. Your application will then either be approved, or sent to the right departments for additional review. You will be contacted if an inspection needs to be scheduled or if more information is needed.
Where Do I Start?
How Do I Get a Business License?
We want your experience with Business Licensing to be as smooth as possible. Please check Before You Apply and Business License Requirements for additional steps, not listed below, you may need to take before turning in your application. When you're ready to turn in your application, please bring documentation of all steps completed with the state and/or county as well as a valid government issued ID, and fee payment, to the Business Licensing Department. Please note that you will be assessed a non-refundable licensing fee at the time of application. The Business Licensing Department is located at Customer Service at the City Center Building (North Entrance). Customer Service office hours are M-F 8 AM-6 PM. To contact Customer Service call 311 if you are within Provo city limits, or (801) 852-6000 if you are not.
To apply for a business license you will need to fill out a business license application. You can pick up and turn in, a paper application for a business license in person at customer service or business licensing. Information packets related to licensing requirements are also available for pick up along with an application. You can also fill out a business license application online here. Please be sure to include a valid e-mail address on your application, and review your completed application for accuracy. After filling out your application online, print the competed application and bring it to the Business Licensing Department along with your ID, fee payment, and any other required documentation.
Does your business handle alcohol? Check our Beer License page for information related to obtaining a beer license. You can find a beer license application here. The license may be filled out online, printed, and turned in with all other applications and paperwork.
The following businesses have additional requirements. If your business is related to these categories, please read the code pertaining to your business.
- Towing/Parking Enforcement
- Pawnbroker/Second Hand Dealers
- Employment Agencies
- Mobile Food Vendors
If you have questions related to the licensing process please contact Jessy Antonino at Licensing@provo.org or by phone at (801) 852-7834
Why Should I Get a License?
Most importantly, you should obtain a business license before conducting any business in Provo because a valid license is required by local and state law. States and municipalities require businesses to be licensed in order to protect the consumer, the community, and the business owner. The licensing process aims to help the business owner comply with local and state regulations, and to make sure the business is operating safely. For example, the fire department ensures safe conditions such as having enough emergency exits and fire extinguishers, and public works will inspect businesses to make sure contaminants aren't released into our public water.
What if my Business Closes or Moves out of Provo?
If your business status changes, please notify the business license department using one of the following methods:
- Email: Send the business name, license number, address, and date of closure to firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person: Pick up a business license renewal form from Customer Service or the Business License Department (located in Customer Service). Complete the "Status Change" section and return it to the Business License department between M-F 8 AM-5 PM
Business Licensing/Customer Service
City Center Building (North Entrance)
351 W Center ST
Provo, Utah 84601
- Mail: Send a letter which includes the business name, license number, address and date of closure to:
Provo City Corp
Attn: Business Licensing
351 W Center ST
Provo, UT 84601
How Can I Speed Up the Process?
The best ways to make sure the process flows as smoothly and quickly as possible are:
- Check Before You Apply and Business License Requirements and become familiar with all steps necessary for your type of business before you fill out an application
- Fill out the application accurately, completely, and as clearly as possible, providing a very detailed description of type of business
- Work with departments to fulfill requirements and schedule inspections
- If your business requires a Health Department inspection, begin the process about a week before beginning the license process with Provo.
When Does my License Expire? How do I Renew?
See statement on Business licensing on Home page.
Will I Need a Background Check?
A background check must be performed by the Provo Police Department as part of the business license process if your business requires a beer license. A background check waiver is included in the application packet you receive through business licensing. This form authorizes the Provo Police Department to conduct a background check for you. Turn this form in along with all other applicable forms included with your application, to the Business Licensing Department.
A background check is also required for the following types of businesses:
- Door to Door Solicitor
- Sexually Oriented Businesses and Their Employees
However, these background checks are done through the Utah Department of Public Safety (UDPS), or, you can request one from the Police Records Department by calling (801) 852-6231. A letter from the UDPS or Provo Police Records certifying the background check results must be provided with the completed application as proof of clearance. Expect this process to take 1-2 weeks if you send your request by mail, and about 20 minutes if you apply in person at the UDPS Taylorsville location. The cost through UDPS is $15, or $10 if through Provo Police.
Are Licenses Transferable?
No, a business license cannot be transferred from one person to another. When a change of ownership takes place, a new license must be obtained.
If the business location changes, the business owner must complete the Business Location Change application and comply with the specified requirements.
Where Can I get a List of Existing Businesses in Provo?
How Much Does It Cost?
To find fees associated with your business, including inspection fees (you may have more than one fee), see "business licensing" on the Provo Consolidated Fee Schedule.
Will I Need an Inspection?
Health Department: Contact the Utah County Health Department if your business:
- Sells, handles, or prepares food, including: restaurants, gas stations, concession stands, snow cones, food trucks, etc.
- Produces body art (permanent make up and tattoos)
- Has a tanning bed
- Has any size or type of pool
- Is a daycare or school which prepares or serves food
- Handles alcohol
Obtaining a permit or license from the health department generally takes two weeks. Consider beginning this process well before contacting Provo for a business license. A business license cannot be given until a required health permit is obtained. A lot of information related to necessary health permits and inspections can be found on the Utah County Health Department's Environmental Health website. Some information related to fees can be found here.
Fire: The fire department will schedule an inspection for all restaurants, and other businesses if a review of the application indicates possible public safety or fire hazards.
Public Works: A public works inspection will be scheduled for any business with possible risks associated with the water systems.
Department of Agriculture: The Utah Department of Agriculture requires an inspection of any home based food production business (cottage food production) as well as animal, farming, and beekeeping businesses.
Where do I submit my application?
Pick up an application at Provo311. Once application is complete it can be submitted at to Provo311.
Provo311 is located at:
351 West Center Street, Provo
How much does a license cost?
Who do I contact to answer my questions about rental dwelling licensing?
For questions regarding zoning and Health/Safety code issues, please call (801) 852-6400.
For information regarding the licensing process and fees, please call (801) 852-6532 or send an email to email@example.com
Are there any exceptions?
- The owner is placed in a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility or other similar facility
- The owner has a bona fide, temporary absence of three (3) years or less for activities such as temporary job assignments, sabbaticals, or voluntary service. Indefinite periods of absence from the dwelling do not qualify for this exception. (6.26.020)
- An accessory apartment in an owner-occupied one family dwelling is not deemed a rental dwelling.
What is a rental dwelling?
How do I grant someone “Power of Attorney”?
Is my license transferable?
If I have submitted a completed application, made payment, but I haven’t received my license because zoning has not reviewed my application, will I be cited for renting properties without a license?
What happens if my property does not meet the minimum health/safety and zoning requirements?
Will I be required to get an inspection for each unit?
What is an entity?
I have several rental properties in Provo City; do I need a license for each location?
Will I receive a renewal notice?
How long is the license valid?
How do I license my rental property with Provo City?
- A complete application has been submitted.
- Provo City has received payment for the license.
- The zoning division has reviewed the application.
- The property has complied with all requirements for a license.
Who needs to license rental properties with Provo City?
What is a short-term rental dwelling?
What is Door-to-Door Solicitation?
It means the practice of engaging in or attempting to engage in conversation with any person at a residence, whether or not that person is a competent individual, while making or seeking to make or facilitate a home solicitation sale, or attempting to further the sale of goods and or services.Chapter 6.09.030(15)
Soliciting or Solicit or Solicitation?
- seeking to obtain sales or orders for the exchange of goods, wares, merchandise, or perishables of any kind, for any kind of remuneration or consideration, regardless of whether advance payment is sought;
- seeking to obtain prospective customers to apply for or to purchase insurance, subscriptions to publications, or publications;
- seeking to obtain contributions of money or any other thing of value for the benefit of any person or entity;
- seeking to obtain orders or prospective customers for goods or services;
- seeking to engage an individual in conversation at a residence for the purpose of promoting or facilitating the receipt of information regarding religious belief, political position, charitable conduct, or a home solicitation sale;
- other activities falling within the commonly accepted definition of soliciting, such as hawking or peddling.
Means those intangible goods or personal benefits offered, provided, or sold to a competent individual of a residence. Chapter 6.09.030(30)
Define Sale of Goods or Services?
Means the conduct and agreement of a solicitor and a competent individual in a residence regarding a particular good(s) or service(s) that entitles the consumer to rescind the same within three (3) days under any applicable federal, state, or local law. Chapter 6.09.030(29)
What are Home Solicitation Sales?
It means to make or attempt to make a sale of goods or services by a solicitor at a residence by means of door-to-door solicitation, regardless of the:
- means of payment or consideration used for the purchase;
- time of delivery of the goods or services; or
- previous or present classification of the solicitor as a solicitor, peddler, hawker, itinerant merchant or similar designation. Chaper 6.09.030 (20)
Does my event require a Special Events Permit?
- An event of any size on city property. This would include: parks, parking lots, streets and sidewalks.
- An event with over 300 in attendance on private property.
Read through the Special Events Permit Application Policies and Instructions to find out more.
If your event will be held in a park, please read through the Special Park Use Guidelines before filling out your application.
If your event will require a level of Public Safety Support (police/fire), please check the Calendar of Approved Events to see if an event has been approved for the day you are requesting. Only one event will be approved per day that requires Public Safety Support.
Note: There is no guarantee that your event will be approved. It is important you are aware that any fees paid at the time of application will not be refunded due to the cost associated with the necessary approval process.