How To Start a Business in Fayetteville

This department is a combination of the Animal Services, Building Safety, City Planning, Community Services, and Engineering Divisions. One of the primary responsibilities of Development Services is managing growth and development within the city and administering and enforcing the ordinances and regulations related to development to achieve a higher a quality of life for our citizens. The Department assists with rezoning, large and small-scale developments, subdivision of land, and building permit requests. City Planning also reviews permits for signage, parking, outdoor lighting and architectural design.

All businesses operating in the city with a physical address will come into contact with the Development Services Department annually. Businesses must obtain a Business License in order to operate, very similar to surrounding cities in Northwest Arkansas. Fayetteville offers an on-line application at a reduced rate, and all businesses, new and old, must be registered by October 31 of this year. There is also an annual renewal of the business license, all administered through this Department.

Information on all permit applications and codes may be found on this page to the righthand side.



Contact Information

125 W. Mountain Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

(479) 444-3443