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Do I need a business license in Layton City?

Thank you for your interest in locating your business in Layton City. A valid Layton City business license is required for all businesses located within the Layton City incorporated limits.

“Business” means all kinds of vocations, occupations, professions, enterprises, establishments, services provided, and all other kinds of commercial activities and matters, including the keeping of a machine, which are conducted for private profit or benefit, either directly or indirectly, on any premises in the City or anywhere else within its jurisdiction.

How do I get a business license?

A Layton City business license application may be found here. The application process may be completed completely online. The approval process typically takes between seven to 10 business days. You may also call 801-336-3788 to enquire regarding the status of your application.

What is Layton City’s building and permitting process?

In most instances you will need to obtain a building permit from Layton City whenever you construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, remove, improve, convert, or demolish a building or other structure. A building could be anything from a tool shed to a business office.

A Building Permit may include building, grading, plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits. The City processes various permit types required as one total package. If you have a question about permit requirements for your project, call the Building Division at 801-336-3760.

Layton City has a fully digital building and sign permit applications portal where you will can submit your application and plans, track the status of your application, and request inspections

Before you apply, we encourage you to call at 801-336-3760 or visit us before submitting your building permit application. We will answer your questions and let you know if your proposed project is within the City’s development guidelines.

How long does it take to obtain a new building permit?

If everything with your permit has been submitted correctly, a residential building permit is issued within 14 days. A commercial building permit is issued within 21 days.

Does Layton City have an Economic Development Plan?

Yes. Layton City’s strategic economic development plan is an integral tool to achieving sustainable and measurable economic growth for the City — as well as quality of place.  Utilizing this formal plan, Layton City maintains control of its economic development with clear and attainable economic development objectives, and it design policies and programs to achieve them.

The plan also includes key milestones, vision, mission, goals, strategies, actions and more. Contact Layton City’s Community and Economic Development department at 801-336-3760 for more details.

What is an Urban Renewal Area and how does Tax Increment Financing work?

Urban renewal areas are blighted areas cleared out to create opportunities for better housing, businesses, and more. The process has a positive impact on communities and has played an important role in the development of Layton City.

Redevelopment Areas, or R.D.A.’s, are created for specific areas to encourage development by providing a financing mechanism for the reinvestment of new property tax generation, or tax increment. Each participating taxing entity agrees to contribute a specified amount of future growth in property tax revenue for a defined period of time. New development in an R.D.A. generates tax increment – the growth in new property tax vs. an established base value. Resulting tax increment is used to encourage specific development projects, facilitate making properties ‘shovel ready’, construct public infrastructure, etc.

The R.D.A. of Layton City currently manages two redevelopment areas – East Gate Economic Development Area and the South Main/South Fort Lane R.D.A.

Layton City has a motivated and willing staff to assist developers and builders navigate the permitting process. With weekly development review meetings, responsive planning commission and city council, knowledgeable and flexible staff, Layton City commits to assisting developments to meet tight deadlines.

Can I get a home down payment assistance grant?

The At Home in Layton down payment assistance program offers home ownership aid to qualifying homebuyers. Qualifying buyers must have qualified household income levels and limits vary with the number of persons in the household. The assistance is offered as a grant that can be used for up to 50% of the required down payment, closing costs or principal reduction. The grant is offered in $7,500 increments.

At Home in Layton grants are secured by a Promissory Note and Trust Deed. If the house is sold before the end of the fifth year from the closing date, all or a portion of the grant will need to be repaid to the City. These grants must occupy the second lien position.

The At Home in Layton program is offered through the Layton City Community Development Block Grant Program. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

If you have questions concerning the At Home in Layton program contact the Layton City CDBG Administrator at 801-336-3770 or mcloward@laytoncity.org Applications are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis until all funds have been granted.