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Thank you for choosing to do business in the City of Palmer!

There are four types of business licenses available in the City. Please note that once you open your business, sales tax at the rate of 3% is applied to only the first $1,000 of an item or items, rent or service transactions. 

Annual Business License:

  • An annual business license is issued to a business that provides goods and/or services throughout the year or a portion of the year.
  • Businesses with an annual business license shall not be required to have a separate business license for participation at the state fair or a special event lasting three days or less.
  • An annual business license issued for a particular line of business covers all of a licensee’s operations in the city for that line of business, regardless of the number of its establishments.
  • An annual business license is issued for the calendar year for which an application is received and shall expire on December 31 of the calendar year in which it was issued.
  • The fee for an annual license is $25.

Biennial Business License:

  • A biennial business license is issued to a business that provides good and/or services throughout the year or a portion of the years.
  • Business with a biennial business license shall not be required to have a separate business license for participation at the state fair or a special event lasting three days or less.
  • A biennial business license issued for a particular line of business covers all of a licensee's operations in the city for that line of business, regardless of the number of its establishments.
  • A biennial business license is issued for the calendar year for which an application is received and shall expire on December 31 of the following calendar year.
  • To be eligible for a biennial license, one year of timely sales tax remittance must be on file. This license is not available to new applicants.
  • The fee for a biennial license is $50.

Special Event Business License:

  • A special event business license is issued for the sole purpose and privilege of engaging in business at a special event that lasts three days or less.
  • A separate special event business license is required for each special event lasting three days or less.
  • A special event business license shall expire at the conclusion of the special event.
  • The fee for a special event business license is $10.

Alaska State Fair Business License:

  • An Alaska State Fair business license is a temporary license issued by the city for the sole purpose and privilege of engaging in business at the Alaska State Fairgrounds during the Alaska State Fair.
  • A state fair business license shall expire at the conclusion of the state fair during the year in which the license was issued.
  • The fee for an Alaska State Fair business license is $25.

Please download and complete the applicable application, bring it, and the required attachments to City Hall.

For further information regarding business licenses, please contact Susan at 907-761-1324.