Business Services Coordinator
Office of the Mayor
501-450-6100 x 3704
Check with our Planning and Development Department to be sure your building or development project complies with local regulations. The Planning and Development Department oversees zoning and development in the community as well long-range planning, and can provide a wealth of information on current and future city growth.
Before signing a lease or contract, contact the City’s Planning and Development Department to verify that your business complies with the zoning requirements for the proposed location. Different types of businesses and uses are listed in the zoning regulations as either a permitted or conditional use. The types of business that are permitted or conditional uses vary between the City’s commercial areas. Zoning review is required when applying for a building permit to make interior or exterior changes to the building for your business.
New businesses often use temporary signs such as banners to establish their identity and location. Temporary signage is permitted on a limited basis, subject to the City’s current sign ordinance.
To locate the zoning for your property and for applications and information on zoning requests, as well as current fees, visit Planning & Development, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (501) 450-6105.
Most signs require review by the Planning and Development Department, as well as permits, prior to installation. Begin the sign review process as early as possible and before signage is made. Sign designs may need to be modified to comply with City standards and be approved.
Our Building Permits and Inspection Department will provide all of the information you need to complete the permit and inspection process. The Building Permits and Inspection Department oversees building codes, construction permits, and inspection procedures.
While the City of Conway does not require a business license, the City Clerk’s Office can help you navigate the process of starting a business in Conway.
General guidelines for different types of businesses are listed below. For full details, including applications and copies of current City ordinances, visit City Clerk, email email@example.com, or call (501) 513-3501.
Restaurants and businesses that sell prepared foods are required by the City to have an A&P (Advertising and Promotion) permit for each location. There is no permit fee. The A&P tax levies an additional 2% city tax on the sale of prepared foods. Total tax to be collected on prepared foods is 10.75%.
For State of Arkansas requirements, call the Faulkner County Health Department at (501) 450-4941. Submit a copy of certification and a copy of your menu to the City Clerk's Office.
Faulkner County is a “dry” county; restaurants in Conway are only allowed to sell alcohol once they have obtained a Private Club Permit from the Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC).
Restaurants and businesses that sell prepared foods need to contact Conway Corporation to coordinate services such as grease traps.
Private clubs serving alcohol must complete the Application for Private Club Request from the City Clerk's office, along with a copy of your application for license to the Arkansas ABC. There is a $250 fee to submit the application. Your application will be placed on the agenda to be presented to City Council for initial approval. Once approved, submit a copy of the Council’s approval (available at the City Clerk’s office) along with the application for license to the ABC Board.
Once approved by the Arkansas State Beverage Control Board (ABC), a Supplemental Beverage Permit for private clubs is required by the City. The initial permit fee is $50/year ($25 if obtained after July 1). The annual renewal fee is $50; renewal application and payment must be received by December 1. The permit expires December 31 of each year. A copy of your State of Arkansas ABC permit must be submitted with the application and payment before the permit will be issued.
A 5% tax shall be collected and reported separately from your state taxes.
For State of Arkansas requirements, call the Faulkner County Health Department at (501) 450-4941.
As with restaurants, mobile vendors who sell prepared foods are required by the City to have an A&P Permit for each location. There is no permit fee. The A&P tax levies an additional 2% City Tax on the sale of prepared foods. Total sales tax to be collected on prepared foods is 10.75%.
Mobile Vendors in place for more than 14 days must obtain a Temporary Building Permit ($250/year) from the City Permit and Inspections Department. Permission from property owner must be obtained prior to setup.
For State of Arkansas requirements, call the Faulkner County Health Department at (501) 450-4941. Attach current Certificate of Approval from the State of Arkansas to your A&P application.
Mobile food vending on public property requires separate approval.
To become a mobile food vendor at the annual Toad Suck Daze Festival, call the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce at (501) 327-7788.
Short term rentals such as AirBnB and VRBO must obtain a short-term rental license to operate in the city. The City’s Clerk’s office processes applications, and there is a $100 fee. Licenses must be renewed annually.
Short-term rentals are required by the City to have an A&P Permit for each location. There is no permit fee. The A&P tax levies a 2% City Tax on stays in hotels and short-term rentals.
All short-term rentals must be inspected, and the owner must carry a $1,000,000 policy of general commercial liability that covers the short-term rental. The owner must also designate a local property representative who can promptly respond to complaints.
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Home occupations are permitted limited signage. Zoning Code (search using keyword “601.15” to find this portion of the Zoning Ordinance).
Door-to-door solicitors are not required to have a permit but must adhere to rules and regulations set forth in Ordinance O-15-67 and observe all “NO SOLICITING” signs at businesses and residences.
For selling goods from private property, no license is required, but sellers must obtain permission from property owner to sell from their property and must also allow customers to use restroom facilities.
Ice cream vendors are required to have a permit ($25/year) and an Arkansas State Police Background check is each year a permit is issued. Ice Cream Vendor Information & Application
Taxi franchises must be approved by the Conway City Council before the business can operate. Call (501) 513-3501 for more information.
To obtain a Sales & Use tax number, call Arkansas Sales & Use Tax Department at (501) 682-7104.
Mixed drinks/liquor (for private club permit holders)
Beer & Wine
For more resources and support on starting a business in Arkansas, visit Business Startup Wizard, a service of the Secretary of State’s Office, or read the State of Arkansas’ “Starting a New Business” brochure.
Conway is home to one of the country’s leading municipal utility providers – Conway Corporation. Conway Corp operates the City’s electric, water, wastewater, video, internet, voice and security services, offering high-quality service at reasonable rates.
Named one of the country’s most reliable public power providers by the American Public Power Association, Conway Corp is committed to delivering safe, affordable, reliable, innovative and environmentally sound utility and telecommunication services, as well as supporting education and quality of life in the Conway community. For more information, visit Conway Corp's website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (501) 450-6000.
Natural gas service is available through CenterPoint Energy.