How to Use This Handbook

This booklet provides information to assist you in opening your business in Fayetteville through a step-by-step method that includes contact information for quick access to additional information you may need for doing business in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  We have divided this booklet into six main steps that will help you start your business.  

Step One introduces the Fayetteville Chamber Economic Development team as the point of contact for economic development for the City of Fayetteville.   
Step Two focuses on explaining more in detail aspects about zoning compliance and the City’s Development Services Department.
Step Three introduces the various city departments and divisions that you will need to contact to get your site ready for business and in compliance with city ordinances.  It also provides information on the HMR and alcohol tax.
Step Four contains important information about utilities and state permits that are necessary for the operation of your business.
Step Five contains important information on topics such as the Business License, and requirements such as taxes that must be completed at the federal, state, county, and city levels. 
The last Step includes important information that should be considered when hiring employees.

Also included is a section covering other insurance considerations that, depending on your type of business, may be helpful to you.

Please note that the information in this book may undergo changes from time to time as some of the requirements change. It is best to verify with the respective offices to obtain the most current and accurate information.