Because the best
business environments
aren’t all business.


of residents hold a
Bachelor’s Degree or higher


more specialized in
biomedical manufacturing

Educated workers are in great demand.
We have them in great supply.

Home to Northern Arizona University (NAU), with nearly 32,000 students, Flagstaff is a university city focused on quality education and research. This permeates through all levels of education, with our community emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). In fact, Flagstaff has been proclaimed the “America’s First STEM Community.”

Arizona’s Best-Educated Workforce It’s no wonder that Flagstaff has Arizona’s best-educated workforce, with more than 44% of residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Our workforce is also 14% more specialized in biomedical research and development than any other city in the United States.

Pick your perfect spot.

Are you looking to expand your business operations? Relocating to Flagstaff? Meet our FLAGSTAFF PROSPECTOR! It’s your one-stop guide to available properties within our city limits.

Looking for properties near Flagstaff? Please view these marketing materials for other available sites:

Zoned for success.

The City of Flagstaff has adopted a zoning code that marries traditional Euclidean zoning (which groups similar land uses together) with a Form-Based Code (which addresses the relationships between the appearance of the built environment and quality of life and allows for mixed-use development).

Our Zoning Code also includes Transect Zoning Overlays. These serve as exclusive regulatory options for achieving specific goals like transit-oriented development and walkable communities.

Great work environment.
Better after-work environment.

Imagine a place where…

  • You can enjoy four seasons – and more than 260 sunny days per year.
  • There’s rain – but not too much. Our average annual precipitation is 23 inches per year.
  • You can take a deep breath and savor our fresh air. We’re way up there at 7,000 feet – and we have the cleanest air in the USA!
  • Arizona’s high desert and mountains are just a few minutes from the city.

Put them all together, and you have the ideal location for low environmental impact/low water usage industries and high wage jobs.

Rated “Best Places to Live” by Outside Magazine

Easy linking for your supply chain.

  • Amtrak

  • Railroad

  • Interstate

  • 40 Airport

It’s no secret. Logistics can make or break your business. In Flagstaff, supply chain logistics are easily solved.

Shipping and receiving goods by truck? Flagstaff is served by two Interstate highways, I-17 and I-40. Need rail service? The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) line runs right through the center of the city. And air transportation is easily facilitated by Flagstaff Airport.

View Transportation Information View Local and Regional Truck Routes View City Engineering Standards

When we say it pays to do
business in Flagstaff, we mean it.

The City of Flagstaff offers a comprehensive suite of incentives for business relocation and expansion. They cover:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • International Trade
  • Location and Site Assistance
  • Manufacturing Opportunities
  • Rural Economic Development
  • Small Business Opportunities
  • Talent and Training
  • Tax Relief

These incentives have been approved by the state legislature and are managed by the Arizona Commerce Authority or the Department of Revenue.

View Incentive Programs

Guiding you every step of the way.

Planning on new construction? Or are you remodeling or expanding an existing property? The City of Flagstaff will guide you every step of the way.

A Single Point of Contact

Throughout your development process, you’ll work with a Development Case Manager , who will serve as your single point of contact.

Planning and Development Services

Development case management is a free service provided by the Planning and Development Services Division. It consists of these four offices:

No cost. No hassles.
No brainer.

Want to know how to avoid costly mistakes and delays? Take advantage of our free Pre-Application Meeting (PAM)!

It’s your opportunity to meet Development Services staff. You’ll learn whether your concept is in compliance with existing codes and policies, and, if not, the remedies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who attends a Pre-Application Meeting (PAM)?

A: A Planning Development Manager coordinates with representatives from Engineering, Public Works, Water Services, Fire, and other, depending on the application.

Q: If I know what I want, why should I request a PAM?

A: It’s your free opportunity to meet city staff. They’ll present the various development standards and options, and show how you can incorporate them into your application. The Planning Development Manager will also outline your review process.

Q: What should I bring?

A: A complete application with five copies of a basic sketch or plan that shows your idea.

Q: What questions should I ask?

A: Ask about conditions on or around the property that could affect your project’s success. Such as floodplains, ingress/egress, traffic, parking issues/constraints, or general use parameters. The more questions you ask, the better!

Q: Are there any guarantees?

A: The PAM is an informal meeting and doesn’t include approvals or denials. In most cases, your next step will be the Concept Plan application.

Q: What happens next?

A: After the PAM, continue your due diligence by exploring and resolving issues discovered in the meeting. You may need to hire a design professional – such as an architect, civil engineer, or surveyor – to proceed to the next steps.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of PAMs?

A: There’s no limit! However, the PAM is an initial informal review that doesn’t include approvals

“W.L. Gore & Associates history in Flagstaff encompasses more than five decades of innovation. Our Arizona operations are devoted to improving lives through solving some of the most complex medical challenges. Our 2,000 Flagstaff Associates and their families appreciate that they live in an active S.T.E.M Community with natural beauty and recreation all around.”

– David Abeyta, Medical Products Leader, W. L. Gore & Associates

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The City of Flagstaff requires all businesses to obtain at least one business license. Here’s how to determine what you’ll need:
Selling services ?

If you’re solely engaged in the provision of services, you must have a current Occupational Business License on display at your place of business.


Selling goods?

If you’re selling goods to the public via a retail or online store, you must have a Transaction Privilege Tax License (TPT). A TPT enables you to collect sales tax on behalf of the City of Flagstaff and the State of Arizona. TPT holders are also required to file regular returns with the Arizona Department of Revenue.


Selling goods and services?

You’re required to have an Occupational Business License and a Transaction Privilege Tax License.


Home-based business?

Then you’ll need to apply for a City of Flagstaff Home Occupation Permit.


Planning, engineering and fire department service fees

Need to know what the City of Flagstaff charges for an outdoor lighting permit? A temporary sign? A soils report review? Get the answers to these and other questions in Ordinance No. 2017-16. It’s your comprehensive guide to Planning, Engineering and Fire Department service fees.


Building permit fees

Planning to build a hotel? A theater with stage? An assisted living facility? Find the building permit fees for these and other projects in Resolution No. 2017-21.


Math Tip: To determine costs, your multiplier is 0.01.



Please contact Becky Cardiff at 928-213-2618 or

Taylor Stapeley at 928-213-2619.

Powering up your business.

The City of Flagstaff provides standard utility infrastructure to the community.

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To learn more about local utility providers, follow these links: