Fran McCarroll
Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
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Maricopa County Licenses and Permits

The Clerk of the Board provides application processing and assistance for statutorily mandated procedures to applicants and/or requestors so they can conduct or maintain community related activities.

Maricopa County does not issue a General Business license. The Arizona Department of Revenue provides a Licensing Guide for obtaining business licenses in Arizona: https://www.azdor.gov/Business.aspx

Certain Food establishment and activity permits are obtained through Maricopa County Environmental Services: https://www.maricopa.gov/EnvSvc/EnvHealth/Forms.aspx.

For questions regarding the application process for Maricopa County, please call the Clerk of the Board’s Office at: (602) 506-3766 or email: clerkboard@mail.maricopa.gov.

Bingo License applications are submitted to the Clerk of the Board for local jurisdiction recommendation and then forwarded to the Arizona Department of Revenue (AZDOR) for issuance of license.

For more information regarding the Bingo application process or to download the required application and forms, please contact the AZDOR Bingo Unit at: 602-716-7801 or visit the AZDOR website.

The first step is to submit your application to Maricopa County as the Local Governing Body.

Submit application to:
Maricopa County Clerk of the Board
301 West Jefferson Street, 10th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Fax: (602) 506-6402
Email: clerkboard@mail.maricopa.gov

NOTE: Bingo Licenses require a public hearing prior to Board of Supervisors approval. Setting the public hearing and the actual hearing will take place at two separate Formal Board of Supervisor meetings. (See the Clerk's Annual Posting Notice for upcoming meeting dates). If approved, the Clerk’s Office can forward the application to AZDOR or the applicant may hand- deliver the application themselves. Formal Board meetings are usually scheduled two times per month, so please plan ahead and allow sufficient time for processing the application.

Complete the Fireworks Display application and submit to the Clerk of the Board at least 30 days prior to the event date. Application for Fireworks Display

All applications must have the following documentation attached:

  • Proof of appropriate bond (not less than $500) or certificate of liability insurance (not less than $1 million) made payable to Maricopa County.
  • Map of display area.
  • List of fireworks to be discharged. The Director of Display for the fireworks company is expected to be licensed and/or trained by the City of Phoenix or have other verification of expertise.
  • Verification from local fire department that they were notified of event, date, location and time.

Submit application at least 30 days prior to the event to:
Maricopa County Clerk of the Board
301 West Jefferson Street, 10th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Fax: (602) 506-6402
Email: clerkboard@mail.maricopa.gov

NOTE: The County’s review of fireworks display permits include investigation and reports from the Sheriff’s Office, Planning and Development and State Fire Marshall.

There are several types of liquor license and permits that require local jurisdiction approval (Maricopa County). The process for obtaining a liquor license or permit generally begins with the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control (AZDLLC). However, there are two types of liquor license and permit applications that are first submitted to the Clerk of the Board. For the best overview of the liquor license and permit process, please contact AZDLLC at: 602-542-5141 or visit the AZDLLC website.

APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO MARICOPA COUNTY:

Special Event Applications, Remote Tasting Room Applications, and Extension of Premises/Patio Permits are filed with the local jurisdiction first, and then forwarded to the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control for final approval. If the location in question is within unincorporated Maricopa County, please file your documents with the Maricopa County Clerk of the Board’s Office.

Special Event Application

Remote Tasting Room Application

Extension of Premises/Patio Permit

Submit these applications to:
Maricopa County Clerk of the Board
301 West Jefferson Street, 10th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Fax: (602) 506-6402
Email: clerkboard@mail.maricopa.gov

ALL OTHER LIQUOR LICENSE SERVICES MUST FIRST BE INITIATED WITH THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF LIQUOR LICENSE AND CONTROL.

Liquor licenses are issued by the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors must review liquor license applications for businesses and events located on unincorporated county land. Depending on the type of license, the County review includes investigations and reports from the Sheriff's Office, Planning and Development, Treasurer and the Health Departments, which can take 4 to 6 weeks. Some types of licenses require a 20 day posting period. Please be sure to check time frames related to specific types of licenses.

When the posting period is complete and departments have submitted their report, the application is brought before the Board of Supervisors for recommendation at one of two monthly formal meetings. (See the Clerk's Annual Posting Notice for upcoming meeting dates). After the meeting, Maricopa County will forward the application along with a recommendation for approval or denial to the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control for further processing.

For more information, please contact the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control at: 602-542-5141 or visit the AZDLLC website at: www.azliquor.gov

A.R.S. § 5-111 & 5-112 allows for Off-Track Betting in certain circumstances. License applications are submitted to the Clerk of the Board for the Local Governing Recommendation, and then forwarded to the Arizona Department of Racing for issuance of license.

For more information regarding the Off-Track Betting process or to download the required application and forms, please contact the Arizona Department of Racing at: 602-364-1700 or visit the Department of Racing’s website.

The local jurisdiction (Maricopa County) makes a recommendation as part of the approval process. Final approval/denial is determined by the Arizona Department of Racing.

Submit application to:
Maricopa County Clerk of the Board
301 West Jefferson Street, 10th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Fax: (602) 506-6402
Email: clerkboard@mail.maricopa.gov

 

Pursuant to A.R.S. §40-283, the Board of Supervisors issues licenses or franchises for the following:

  • A domestic water distribution system, consisting of pipe lines, meters, connections and all necessary equipment,
  • An irrigation water distribution system, consisting of pipe lines, ditches, gates and all necessary equipment,
  • A sewage system, consisting of lines, connections, manholes and all necessary equipment,
  • Other – (Cable TV, Gas, Telephone, etc.)

Complete the Public Service Franchise application and submit to the Clerk of the Board. Public Service Franchise application

Submit application to:
Maricopa County Clerk of the Board
301 West Jefferson Street, 10th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Fax: (602) 506-6402
Email: clerkboard@mail.maricopa.gov

NOTE: Some franchises require a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Arizona Corporation Commission. Public Services Franchises require a public hearing prior to Board of Supervisors approval. Setting the public hearing and the actual hearing will take place at two separate Formal Board of Supervisor meetings. (See the Clerk's Annual Posting Notice for upcoming meeting dates). Formal Board meetings are usually scheduled two times per month, so please plan ahead and allow sufficient time for processing the application.