Safford Council OKs lower-cost temporary business license

Vendors at special events in Safford, such as Willcox's Bling Rings and Bathroom Things shown here at the 2021 Safford Spring Festival, now have the choice of obtaining a regular $50 business license fgood for one year, or a $12 temporary business license good for 15 days. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — On Monday the Safford City Council unanimously voted to create a new temporary business license category, to encourage more vendors at events in the city.

The new license is just $12 and is good for 15 consecutive days.

City Clerk Tamara Webster said the new license affects any temporary or transient business, including food trucks.

“If they know they’re going to be doing more events than four a year, for a 15-day period, then they can apply just for the regular business license, which is a $50 annual fee,” Webster said.

Vance Bryce, executive director for the Graham County Chamber of Commerce, told the council that the chamber supports the new license.

“We are always looking for ways to help our businesses improve and professionalize community events,” Bryce said. “This temporary business license will help in those efforts.”

The first event where Safford’s new temporary business license fee for vendors will be applied is the chamber’s Gila Valley Wedding and Event Fair on March 5; followed by the chamber’s Safford Spring Festival History, Wine and Art event, and Double R Communications’ Arizona Fan Fest comic convention; both of which take place April 22-23. All three events occur in Safford’s Downtown.