2,400 register for Fayetteville business license

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A copy of the 2011-12 Fayetteville business license permit issued to Wonderstate Media for operation of the Fayetteville Flyer.

With only one week left before the Oct. 31 deadline to register for a Fayetteville business license, city officials are likely pleased with the response so far.

Cory Whorton, office manager for the city’s development services division, said his office had received 2,401 applications as of Monday afternoon.

“It’s a lot for sure,” said Whorton, “My desk is full right now.”

Since registration began in early August, Whorton said he’s received about 30 applications each day which is right in line with the 2,000 to 3,000 his department had hoped to process.

Nearly all businesses are required to register. There are a few exemptions including businesses owned or operated by someone under the age of 18, religious institutions that do not generate income from business sources (i.e. daycare, bookstore, etc.), government entities, and landlords who have less than three residential units.

Businesses that have more than one physical location inside the city of Fayetteville are required to obtain a license for each location.

Fees for the program are $35 for non-home-based businesses ($32 online) and $22 for home-based businesses ($20 online). There is an annual renewal fee of $15 for all businesses.

For more information including printable application forms, online registration and a copy of the ordinance establishing the program, visit the Business Licensing Program page at accessfayetteville.org.


» Business Licensing Program main page
» “Do I Qualify?”
» Online application
» Printable application
» Fee structure
» Ordinance No. 5347 – Business Registry

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