owning a business in anthem
Anthem is a mix of residential, commercial, office, industrial and public spaces, making it a unique master planned community. Although Anthem is unincorporated, the area of Anthem west of I-17 was annexed by the City of Phoenix. Because of this, businesses west side of I-17 fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Phoenix. For businesses located to the east of I-17, Maricopa County is the governing entity.
business license | sales tax
Anthem does not require business licenses. Depending on location, contact the City of Phoenix or Maricopa County for requirements. Because Anthem is unincorporated and not a municipality/city, it does not collect sales tax. However, regardless of location property in Anthem, commercial property owners pay a semiannual assessment to the ACC.
Both temporary and permanent signs require ACC approval. Permanent signs must go through the ACC design review approval process. Additional signage permits are required from either the City of Phoenix (west of I-17) or Maricopa County (east of I-17) after ACC approval. View applications and guidelines in the Commercial Signage section of the Document Center.
commercial design guidelines
These guidelines provide a full set of design principles to be used for all commercial properties. View the guidelines in the Commercial Design Guidelines section of the Document Center.
Design review fees will apply to all new building projects, existing building/site modifications and exterior building signage. Review the fees in the Commercial Design Guidelines section of the Document Center.
- Arizona Commerce Authority
- Greater Phoenix Economic Council
- Visit Phoenix
- Phoenix Police Department (west of I-17) - Authority to Arrest Consent
Tony Smith, Business Services and Code Specialist