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MSD Planning & Development services has an online portal for Business License & Inspections called Cityworks. Go online to submit a new Business License application.
If you register with Cityworks and you have not received a confirmation email within a few minutes after submission, please check your SPAM folder before contacting support.
Please refer to our Creating an Application tutorial.
Please refer to our Scheduling an Inspection tutorial.
Please refer to our Making a Payment tutorial.
To apply for a business license, you must register your business name with The Department of Commerce. You can register your business name through:
The Department of Commerce801-530-4849
Every seller with an established presence in Utah must have a Utah sales Tax Submit form TC-69, Utah State Business and Tax Registration, or register online at osbr.utah.gov to apply for a license.
Utah Sales Tax Commission801-297-2200
To schedule a business license inspection please call 385-468-6690 before 3 pm to schedule your inspection the following business day.
The building inspector must have access to be inside to perform the inspection. It is your responsibility to call our office at (385) 468- 6688 between 7:30 and 8 am the morning of the inspection to make arrangements with the inspector. Failure to do so puts your business license on hold until we get all of the inspections finalized.
If you need to verify, talk to your inspector, or meet with your inspector at an inspection site, please call 385-468-6688 between 7:30 to 8 am the morning of your inspection.
“Any business activity which is conducted entirely within a dwelling or attached garage and is clearly incidental, secondary and in addition to the use of the structure for dwelling purposes.”
MSD Planning & Development services has an online portal for Business Permits & Inspections called Cityworks. You can submit a new Business Permit application online.
(A building permit must be purchased from the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District for the following construction projects: )
(This is a comprehensive list, not everything may apply depending on scope of work)
Schedule Inspections: 385-468-6690 or online
There are four options available for payment. Remember, you must send payment in the EXACT amount indicated within 20 calendar days or appeal the Notice. Do not mail cash. Record the Notice number on the check or money order and include a copy of the Notice with your payment.
To contest the parking notice, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information in your email. Should you fail to include one or more of the items below, the request will be considered incomplete.
In accordance with the municipal code, you may appeal this notice by requesting a hearing with the Municipality's Administrative Law Judge. To file an appeal, you must file a written appeal within 20 calendar days of the date of this notice. Your appeal must:
1. Describe the reason for your appeal and include any supporting documentation;
2. Contain the above Parking Notice number;
3. Include the name and address of the vehicle owner or operator appealing the Notice;
4. Be signed by: (i) the owner of the vehicle; (ii) an authorized agent of the owner; or (iii) the authorized operator of the vehicle; and
5. Be mailed or delivered to the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District, #N3600, 2001 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84190. Failure to timely request a hearing will forfeit your right to appeal this administrative citation and may result in a default order being entered against you. The order may include an award of civil penalties, fees, and other costs.
You can report a violation by calling us at (385) 468-6725 or go online to Citizen Problem Reporting Tool.
A Notice of Violation is sent to the property owner and resident when a violation of the township code is discovered. The purpose of this notice is to initiate corrective action. Our ultimate goal is to bring the property to compliance for a safer community.
Compliance should take on a priority to the owner/tenant. Generally, the owner/tenant has three weeks to comply (giving a total of 4 weeks since the courtesy notice was issued).
This notice is to inform people about a current violation on their property. Many people are unaware of the township ordinances, so this is our way of informing them that there is something for them to fix. Should they fail to resolve the issue, we will move forward with a Notice of Violation. If you need more than one week to resolve the issue, please reach out to our officers so that we can work with you.
The notice is usually left as a door hanger. This document advises the property owner/tenant that a violation(s) has been noticed, and a case has been opened. Generally, the owner/tenant has seven days to comply so the case can be closed. It is NOT a citation.
If you as a tenant or owner receives a NOTICE, remember the “four C’s”:
A Final Notice is issued if a property owner has not fixed the code enforcement problem within four weeks since the Notice of Violation was issued. At this time, local enforcement is ready to begin legal and/or abatement proceedings. Compliance is expected within 7 days.
If you need clarification, please contact the Code Enforcement Officer who issued the notice. Their contact information will be at the bottom of said notice.
You may request more time by sending an email to the enforcement officer who issued the notice. Their email will be at the bottom of the notice.
A Home Business is any business activity, other than those listed below, which is conducted entirely within a dwelling or attached garage and is clearly incidental, secondary and in addition to the use of the structure for dwelling purposes.
The following uses are not allowed as a Home Business:
• Motor vehicle, trailer, or boat repair.
• Towing operations
• Welding, iron works, foundries
• Vehicle sales or rentals
• Auto body and/or fender work
• Short-term Rentals
• Mortuaries or crematoriums
• Major appliance repair (washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.)
• Any use involving the storage or sale of flammable, explosive, or hazardous materials.
• Lawnmower or small engine repair
• Home Daycare (a different application is required)
• Home Preschool (a different application is required)
• Any use involving the raising, breeding, training, housing, keeping or care of animals.
• Other uses as listed in the ordinance [19.85]
The following activities are exempted from regulation under this chapter:
• Garage or yard sales provided the sale is held for not more than three consecutive days, and no more than two times per year at the same location, and no consignment goods are offered for sale.
• Temporary social gathering sales that do not exceed one day, such as candle parties, book parties, etc. not to exceed four occurrences per year.
Remember! Federal and State fees may be applied.
See ordinance 19.85 for details.
Please visit the MSD Building Department website for information.
You can find zoning on the Municipal Service District’s interactive map. Just enter your address and you’ll be given more information on your parcel. Note that this will only return information for Unincorporated Salt Lake County, and the Metro Townships within the county. For information within other cities you’ll need to contact that municipality for zoning information
Once you know what zone your property is classified as, you can check your county or township’s ordinance to find out what is allowed. Zoning will be title 19 in each code and you can look up your zone’s uses in its specific chapter.
Those will be listed in Title 19 of each of the County and Township Ordinances under each specific zone. There are many factors that can impact your setback however, so you may want to call our office with your parcel number/address and zone information so we can further assist you.
In most cases, setbacks are measured from the property line to the edge of the structure.
Any records regarding your recorded plats would be on file with the Salt Lake County Recorder. If the lot has been surveyed since recording you can contact the Salt Lake County Surveyor’s Office for any of those records.
Accessory buildings need to be entirely in the rear yard and 6' away from the home. Accessory buildings do have a minimum setback of 1' from the rear and side yards and a 14' height restriction. For each additional foot you move away from the property lines the height restriction may be increased by 1' up to a maximum of 20' in height.
Yes you can, but you will still need to meet minimum setback requirements. These vary by zone and jurisdiction. Please contact us to ensure you have the correct setbacks before submitting for a building permit.
Due to the geographical and geological constraints in the Canyon areas (FCOZ), each individual parcel in the area is unique. This being the case all development requests are looked at as singular projects. Prior to purchasing and/or attempting to build on these properties you should contact our office for information on your specific property.
If you would like copies of your property deeds, any subdivision plats with dimensions, or previous documents related to your property you'll want to contact the Salt Lake County Recorder.
Prior to submitting your full application, we would like to talk with you to ensure you’re following the correct process and provide everything you need for a successful approval. Please see www.bit.ly/cw-portal to start the application after doing so.
If you registered with Cityworks and you have not received a confirmation email within a few minutes after submission, please check your SPAM folder before contacting support.
At the MSD, current and long range planning are two separate teams that work closely together. Long range planners work with the community to establish a broad vision for the community's future. They do this through the general plan process, community engagement events, and data collection and analysis. Current planners help implement the established vision by reviewing and processing land use applications. For example, when a property owner requests a re-zone of their property in order to introduce a new land use, current planning reviews the applicable general plan and makes a recommendation as to whether the re-zone supports community goals. In this way, current and long range planning reinforce one another to help communities thrive.
Long Range Planning:
The MSD provides planning services for its members. Long Range Planning staff are responsible for organizing, facilitating, and linking the different elements of the general planning process, and helping build consensus with the many different parties involved.
Following adoption, the General Plan is used as a vision and guide for planning and decision-making. The Council may task different bodies with implementing all or part of the General Plan, including updating ordinances, applying for grants, or launching projects and programs.
The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, and engineering.
All types of sites and properties are represented - from mansions to prehistoric pit houses, limekilns to LDS tithing offices, suspension bridges to rock art sites. In Utah there are over 1000 individual sites and over 50 historic and archeological districts containing several thousand additional sites. A complete listing of National Register sites in Utah can be obtained from the Office of Historic Preservation.
While listing on the National Register is primarily an honorary recognition of the historic or architectural significance of a property, owners also list their buildings to qualify for federal and/or state rehabilitation tax credits or grants, when available. Listing on the National Register can also help educate the public and change a community's perception of its historic and cultural resources.
Listing in the National Register does not interfere with a private property owner's right to alter, manage or dispose of the listed property. The owner is not required to restore or maintain the property or open it to the public. Local preservation ordinances, where present, may have some implication for a building owner.
To be eligible for the National Register, a building must:
Any interested person can research and nominate any property to the National Register. The legal owner has the right to object to, and prevent, the listing of their private property.
Research and document the property (call and ask for the Intensive Level Survey/Research guide) and submit current photos of the property with your early research results for a preliminary review. Next, prepare the National Register nomination form using the results of your research and documentation and the review suggestions. Coordinate with the local historic preservation commission, if one is present in your area. The completed nomination is then presented to the Board of State History for review. With their approval, it is then submitted to the National Park Service in Washington, DC for a final review. The staff of the Office of Historic Preservation is available to review and direct your research and nomination at any time - consult with them early. The entire nomination process usually takes about six months.
For communities that become Certified Local Governments, limited matching grants are occasionally available for the preservation of properties listed on the National Register - contact the Office of Preservation in April to see if grants will be available that year. We can also provide information about the federal and state rehabilitation investment tax credits and direct you to other possible funding sources, as well as providing technical preservation or maintenance information.
Contact: Cory Jensen or Chris Hansen
Office of Historic PreservationUtah Division of State History300 S Rio Grande StreetSalt Lake City, UT 84101-1182
Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement WebsiteNational Register of Historic Places Website
Find more information about Addressing on our MSD Addressing page.
Addressing Ordinance guides a property identification system that fosters uniformity among street names, numbers, and structures, and establishes property identification for public and emergency services providers.
You can schedule appointment with Planning & Development staff online using Appointment Form.
To learn more, please schedule an appointment with Planning & Development staff online using Appointment Form.
You can report a problem within jurisdiction served by MSD by accessing Citizen Reporter Tool.
Stormwater services protect people and property from flooding during storm events. Stormwater facilities are also an important roadway management tool because they allow for better roadway design to prolong roadway life.
A stormwater utility fee would be used to pay for stormwater-related activities such as ongoing maintenance of the storm drain system, storm drain construction projects, street sweeping, and federal regulatory compliance for stormwater discharge.
No, revenue collected through the stormwater fee can only be used for stormwater utility activities.
MS4 stands for Municipal Separate Storm Water Sewer System. This refers to drainage systems that are not treated in a sewage treatment plant (nearly all stormwater systems in the western U.S. (including the MSD). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for stormwater runoff to reduce the discharge of pollutants from MS4s into surface waters such as rivers and streams. To maintain MS4 Permit Compliance, the justification must create and follow through with a plan to adhere to stormwater quality standards. Compliance includes litter prevention and cleanup, public education and involvement, regular water testing, code enforcement, and other pollution monitoring and prevention activities. The MSD is currently in compliance with all MS4 permit requirements.
The metro townships would impose the storm drain utility fee (along with the county for the unincorporated areas) and the MSD would use the revenue to provide the service.