Business in Payson

“Living and working in Real Estate in Payson has been very rewarding. I enjoy meeting all of the great people in our community, as well as those that are joining us!”

Andrea Christianson | Real Estate Agent


We understand that questions may arise as you start, relocate, or grow your business in Payson. Please review these frequently asked questions and reach out with any additional questions. We will promptly follow-up on your inquiry and provide assistance to help you succeed.

I have an idea for a business. Where is the best place to start?

We would love to hear about your business idea and provide feedback. Please contact us to schedule a meeting.

Where can I get feedback from all Town departments on my business/development proposal?

The Town of Payson provides a free service specifically for this known as Development Services. These weekly roundtable meetings allow for business owners, property owners, developers, etc. to present their project and receive preliminary feedback from all Town departments. This ensures that applicants are aware of all requirements and associated fees in the early stages of the process, in a “one stop shop” fashion. Please complete the Development Questionnaire here and we can get you scheduled for our next available meeting.

What free resources are available to start my business?

The Town of Payson offers a range of services for start-up businesses including business coaching, industry information, marketing tips, and business workshops. We can also connect you with other business assistance organizations in Payson that offer business plan review, financial projections, and operational information. One of the many great resources is the Chamber of Commerce. Here you can find a wealth of information and guidance on the next step in your business.

Do I need a Town of Payson business license?

Yes, all businesses conducting business within town limits are required to have a Town of Payson business license. This includes, but is not limited to, home-based businesses, nonprofit organizations, and vendors. Please visit this link for more information.

Are there other licenses and permits required other than the Town of Payson?

Yes. Each business (architect, restaurant, day spa, night club) operating in Payson may have different licensing requirements before it can open its doors. To find out what government agencies you will need to contact for your particular business, go to the State of Arizona Business Licensing Guide Online page.

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Welcome to the Development Services Meeting Application

The Development Services Meeting provides an early forum for applicants proposing new projects in the Town to present their project/business and receive feedback from many different departments at once. The informal, round table meeting is an excellent way for all Town departments and utilities involved to offer comments in the beginning stages of the project/business. Comments at this stage are beneficial for the applicant to be made aware and gain an understanding of Town development standards in order to make informed business decisions early on in their project/business development.

Helpful Links

The AZSBDC Network (SBDC)

The AZSBDC Network provides one-on-one confidential evaluation and guidance by Business Advisors with business ownership and management experience to help you fast-track your plans and position your business for success. They also offer affordable workshops and seminars to help you gain the knowledge and skills that you need to succeed.

USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development provides various programs, technical assistance, and funding opportunities for rural small businesses through loans, loan guarantees, and grants. They are committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.

Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)

The Arizona Commerce Authority is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA provides a wealth of knowledge, resources, guidance, and funding to help you start, relocate, or grow your business. Also view the AZ STEP Program.

Payson EDAC Team

EDAC is a group of Payson area stakeholders who volunteer their time to guide the implementation of the Greater Payson Area Economic Development Strategic Plan. This group meets regularly on the various initiatives and strategies outlined in that plan. Please contact us for more information.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The Small Business Administration is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses. The SBA provides various guidance, assistance, funding, and education for all your business needs.

Industrial Development Authority

The Payson IDA strives to expand economic development in the Payson area. The IDA currently administers a revolving loan fund for small local businesses. Please contact us for more information.