Economic Development

Here you will find helpful links and information about how to start a business, business assistance services available in the area, information on getting a business license, the ability to get on the vendor list and information about the Town’s economic development efforts.

Business Resources

Please follow the steps below for businesses locating within the Town of Florence’s incorporated limits:

  1. The Community Development Department (CDD) grants approval for commercial development projects in Florence. The Planning and Zoning process ensures that projects conform to the Town’s ordinances and design standards.
  2. Contact the CDD to determine the types of applications that are needed for a project, how to process the applications, and make an appointment for initial site/plan review. Other Town departments may be included in the process such as Building Safety and Public Works.
  3. The most common examples of projects subject to a review process are:
    1. New or existing residential, commercial business, industrial business and multi-family subdivisions.
    2. Preliminary and Final Plat Maps.
    3. Zone changes; Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) and Amendments; Variances; Conditional Use Permits; and Design Review (Historic District Advisory Commission).
    4. Accessory structures.
    5. Conversions of residences to commercial uses (NO zoning).
  4. All commercial enterprises located in the Town of Florence must have a business license. The application is available at Florence Town Hall or it can be downloaded here: Business License Packet, or under the Business License section of our website.
  5. Contact the Arizona Department of Revenue to inquire about the taxes associated with specific types of businesses.

Contact Information:

Town of Florence Community Development
224 W. 20th Street
Florence, AZ 85132

Business Licenses
Deputy Town Clerk
775 N. Main Street
Florence, AZ 85132

Arizona Department of Revenue

Business Assistance

There are several resources available to start your small business in Florence. Whether you are looking to start a business or expand, the Town of Florence wants you to succeed.

Central Arizona College Small Business Development Center
The CAC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides management and marketing counseling to Pinal County firms with less than 200 employees. All counseling assistance is provided at no cost to the client. Central Arizona College and the US Small Business Administration (SBA) jointly fund your Center. Our mission is to help the businesses of Pinal County to succeed. One-on-one confidential counseling is the primary method of assisting clients.

CAC SBDC website link

Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority Small Business Services is another resource for new and existing businesses. Their free, interactive “Checklist Program to Start, Operate and Grow a Business in Arizona” is designed to help you easily navigate commonly requested information on what you need to know, who you need to contact, and where you need to go to license your business in Arizona. It also includes contact information to statewide resources and assistance to accelerate your business growth.

ACA website link

U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers programs and services to help start and grow your business.

U.S. SBA website link

The Town Clerk is responsible for accurately recording, billing and issuing business licenses for citizens who do business within the corporate boundaries of the Town of Florence. These records flow to the Arizona Department of Revenue, which assures that businesses are reporting and remitting sales tax revenue to the Town. The Arizona Department of Revenue is our collection agent.

A Business License or Exemption Certificate is required for any business or person doing business within the Town of Florence. The applicant must complete the following:

Please include the addendum(s) that are relevant to your business:

Business License Exemption:
If you are a vendor and qualify for one of the exemptions listed below, please complete a Business License Exemption Application:

  • The practice, transaction or carrying on of any business, game or amusement, calling, profession or occupation which is solely engaged in deliveries
  • An agency or department of the United States government for which the government has failed to make provisions allowing states and municipalities to so tax
  • Hospitals, whether or not operated for profit
  • Physicians, surgeons or nurses not engaged in private practice
  • Rental units of three or less, if in a Noncommercial Zoning District
  • Sellers of agricultural produce grown within the town by the seller
  • Religious, charitable or other nonprofit organizations, institutions or associations
  • Any hobby or crafts sales in which the seller is the creator or a non-paid representative of the creator and for which the gross sales of each hobbyist and craftsperson shall not exceed $3,000 in any 12-month period of time
  • Employees of any business, game, or amusement, calling profession or occupation either possessing a business license or exempt from having to possess a business license

Town Location

Florence, the Pinal County seat, is located approximately 65 miles from both downtown Phoenix and Tucson, equidistant from the 6th and 33rd largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

Traffic Counts

Hunt Highway/Highway 79

Hunt Highway
Highway 79

Butte Avenue/Highway 79

Butte Avenue
Highway 79

Highway 287/Main Street

Highway 287
Main Street


Three transportation corridors pass through Florence:

  1. State Route 287: Predominantly an east-west highway overlapping with State Route 87, the direct route to Chandler; and State Route 387, the direct route to Casa Grande and I-10;
  2. State Route 79: North-south highway with northern terminus at US 60 and southern terminus at State Route 77.
  3. Hunt Highway: Predominantly north-south highway which runs north through unincorporated San Tan Valley and merges into Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. The highway connects Florence with the East Valley of Maricopa County.

Florence is located approximately 20 miles east of Interstate 10, 30 miles from Interstate 8, and 60 miles from Interstate 17.

Airport Access

There are two commercial airports near Florence. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (57 miles) is one of the ten busiest airports in the nation. It is home to 15 airlines with access to more than 80 domestic and 20 international non-stop or connection destinations. Phoenix-Gateway Airport (32 miles) located in Mesa, is home to Allegiant Airlines with daily flights to destinations throughout the United States.

Public Transportation

Central Arizona Regional Transit is a public transportation system based in Coolidge, Arizona with select routes in both Florence and Casa Grande. Fares start as low as $2 for adults and $1 for children. Stops in Florence include Corrections Corporation of America, the Pinal County Courthouse, Florence Senior Center, and the Pinal County government complex.

The Town of Florence is committed to making our community your bu