Licenses and Permits – Local Requirements

Zoning Approval
Building and Sign Permits

Before applying for a business license, first verify that the type of business and its physical location comply with local zoning regulations. Although there is no fee associated with verifying zoning compliance, permit application fees to change zoning status vary.

  • Zoning laws vary significantly throughout the state. Where zoning laws apply, they are strictly enforced.
  • Generally, zoning approval is a one-time occurrence.
  • If the proposed business site is not in compliance, you must apply for a permit to change the current zoning.
  • Home-based businesses may need to apply for a home occupation permit. Certain limitations apply.
  • Signage for your business may require a sign permit.
  • If you plan to build a new building or to alter an existing building, apply for a building permit.

City of Little Rock
Zoning Registration & Complaint
723 W. Markham Street
501.371.4844
littlerock.org/citydepartments/planninganddevelopment

City of North Little Rock
Planning Department
120 Main Street
501.975.8835
northlr.org/departments/community-planning-permits.asp

Business License

After verifying zoning compliance, the next step is to apply for a business license, also known as a privilege license. The application fee for obtaining a business license will vary between $50 to more than $1,000 depending on the type of business and amount and kind of inventory.

  • Some cities and counties do not issue business licenses.
  • Generally, business licenses are renewed annually.
  • Apply for a business license in the city in which the business is physically located. If located outside of the city limits, contact the county collector or clerk’s office.
  • If the business has a physical location in other cities, inquire about a business license for these cities.
  • Businesses located outside the city limits may still need a business license to operate within the city limits.
  • Depending on the type of business, there may be additional licenses and fees.

City of Little Rock
Collector’s Office, Room 100
500 Markham Street (City Hall)
501.371.4566
littlerock.org/citydepartments/finance/divisions/treasury.aspx

City of North Little Rock
Business Licenses
120 Main Street
501.975.8895
northlr.org/business/business-in-nlr.asp

Registering a Business Name (Doing Business As Certificate)

Sole proprietors and general partnerships operating their business under a fictitious or assumed name must apply for a Doing Business As (DBA) certificate with the county in which the business is physically located. Contact the local county courthouse.

  • In Pulaski County, a DBA application fee is $25 and generally a one-time occurrence.
  • A business name change, ownership change, or business closure, will require filing an amendment at this office.
  • The county clerk’s office will conduct a complimentary name search for the business.
  • Inquire about a DBA application if a business is incorporated, but operating under another business name.
  • A DBA does not protect or reserve a business name.

Pulaski County Clerk’s Office
401 W Markham St, Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72201-2659
501.340.8500
pulaskiclerk.com