BUSINESS LICENSING INFORMATION
GENERAL INFORMATION: A valid Vernal City business license is required for all businesses that are located within the Vernal City corporation limits. The definition of business includes every craft, trade, occupation, profession or activity engaged in the purpose of gain or economic profit.
The purpose of a business license is to regulate and license businesses within the corporate limits of Vernal City; to determine if businesses are operating within applicable laws and ordinances; to maintain a safe environment for the general public; and to assure that zoning, building, and fire codes are enforced.
Licenses are not transferable from address to address, nor from owner to owner. Any change of location, ownership or corporate information requires a new application to be submitted. Minor changes such as mailing address can be called into the city office.
General and Major Home Business Licenses are valid for one calendar year, from January 1 to December 31. Regardless of when the license was first obtained, all licenses expire on December 31 of each year and must be renewed on an annual basis. If any license fee is not paid within thirty (30) days of the due date of January 1, a penalty of twenty-five (25) percent of license fee will be added to the original amount, if not paid within sixty (60) days of the due date, an additional twenty-five (25) percent will be added.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: All new applications for business licenses shall be submitted with the requisite license fee. Fees for licenses vary according to number of employees and license type. Please visit the fee schedule page for details. Fees are due at the time of submitting an application. Please be aware Included in the fee is a non-refundable application fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) should a license not be approved.
The Business License forms on the right of this page are available for download, but cannot be submitted through the website.
The following information will be required on the application (Please make sure application is complete):
- Business name
- Physical street location
- Business phone number
- Mailing address
- Owner/partner(s) name, address & phone
- List of corporate officers if applicable
- After hours emergency contact name and number
- Property Owner Information
- Federal Identification number
- Sales Tax number
- Copy of Professional/occupational license, if applicable
- Proof of Registration with Utah Department of Commerce Business Registration.
Certain business may also be required to provide surety bonds or undergo background investigations.
Once the application is completed and has been submitted, it is forwarded to the following departments for approval: Fire, Health, Police, Zoning & Building. The approval of these departments may depend on a site inspection. The business license clerk must receive approval from the above listed departments in order to issue a business license.
When all applicable departments have approved the application, a business license will be issued. The process may take up to 21 days.