Business licenses are required for all businesses within the
City of Rogers. In order to obtain a business license an
application must be completed and the following may be
Certificate of Occupancy
(CO) Inspection for the area occupied by the business.
Inspection times may be set by the Building Inspection
Department located on the 2nd Floor at 301 W. Chestnut,
or by calling 479-621-1100.
A sign permit is required and issued by the
Planning & Transportation Department located on the 2nd
Floor at 301 W. Chestnut. For more information, please
call the Planning & Transportation Department at
If food service is a part of the business, an
inspection by the Arkansas Board of Health is required.
Contact the Benton County Health Department at
479-986-1300 for more information. The Food
Establishment Assessment Report should also be
submitted to the City Clerk’s Office before business
license will be issued.
Provide information showing the current zoning for
the business location, which may be obtained from the
Planning and Transportation Department located on the
2nd Floor at 301 W. Chestnut, or by calling 479-621-1186
The fee for a business license is based on the type of
business and number of full-time employees as follows:
(rendering raw or semifinished materials into finished
products for sale): $50.00 plus $3.00 for each employee
or owner working 25 hours or more per week.
including retail establishments not specified elsewhere in
$50.00 plus $3.00 for each employee or owner working 25
hours or more per week.
Services, unless subject to a higher tax in another
$75.00 plus $10.00 for each employee working a minimum of 25
hours a week, plus $20.00 per owner or part-owner who holds
an individual state license to perform the service. Such
services include the following: Accountants;
Advertising agencies; Architects; Attorneys; Banks; Savings
and loan associations; Bail bonding firms; Engineers;
Funeral directors or undertakers; Medical profession (all
members); Insurance agents/brokers, stock and/or investment
brokers; Pharmacists; Real estate brokers and agencies.
(If an agency or broker allows salespersons selling realty
under the agency's auspices with office space but does not
consider them to be employees, the agency shall collect from
the salespersons the appropriate tax and remit it at the
same time they remit the tax due from the agency.)
Food: Restaurants, cafes, diners, cafeterias
or any place where food is prepared and served to the
(i) Minimum seats (one to nine): $50.00;
(ii) Ten to 25 seats: $75.00;
to 75 seats: $100.00;
(iv) Over 75 seats: $150.00.
Motels, hotels, boardinghouses, rooming houses and
(i) One to six units: $ 50.00; plus
(ii) Each additional unit thereafter: $3.00.
whose principal sales are by fulfillment of orders from
out-of-town warehouses: $300.00.
Self-service storage units:
(i) One to six units: $50.00; plus
(ii) Each additional unit thereafter: $0.50.
Services (other than Professional)
$40.00 plus $10.00 per working owner and employee working a
minimum of 25 hours per week
Payments are accepted in person with cash, check,
credit/debit cards and by mail with check.
BUSINESS LICENSES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE.
Home-based Businesses are allowed if one room of the home is
used for the business (Service-type businesses) and has no
display of goods. Please contact the City Clerk’s office
(479-621-1117) for details and specific information.
If moving a business from one location to another, please
check with the Building Inspection Department on the 2nd
Floor of Rogers City Hall at 301 W. Chestnut or by calling
479-621-1100 for a new certificate of occupancy (CO)
inspection. Provide the new CO to the City Clerk’s Office.
Business Licenses are renewed annually.
Additional items that is required, although not a part of
the City of Rogers’ business licensing process:
State Tax Identification Number or Retail Permit
issued through the Arkansas Department of Finance &
Administration in Little Rock.
Applications for the tax ID are available at the Office of Field
Audit, a division of the Department of Finance &
Administration, located at 1501 S.E. Walton Blvd., Suite 213
in Bentonville. For more information, call 479-271-8108 or
log on at
For questions regarding starting a new business in Rogers,
please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 479-621-1117.
Business License Application