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Looking to grow your business in Meridian?

When you choose Meridian as the location for your business it’s an investment in Idaho's fastest growing community! From July 2021 to August 2022, Meridian added over 2 million square feet of non-residential square footage. We welcome your business to Meridian and this step-by-step guide to opening your business here will get your doors open!

The Planning Division is the first department to contact to ensure your use is allowed to operate in your proposed tenant space.

In addition to City permits approval and written documentation may be required from the Ada County Highway District (ACHD), and Central District Health Department (CDHD) as part of your business permitting requirements.

After completed applications have been received and official inspections and approval of all improvements, a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) will be issued by the City.

A CO is required prior to use or occupancy of any tenant space. The legal CO document is mandatory in Meridian for all businesses.

How to Apply for Permits: Meridian’s Citizen Access Portal

Meridian’s Citizen Access Portal serves as a convenient platform for applying for city permits. To get started, you have two options: if you already have an account, simply log in using your existing credentials. If you are a new user, click on the "Register for an Account" link to create your profile. Once registered, you will receive an email to activate your account. Once logged in, you can access the various permit application forms and submit your requests with ease. This centralized portal ensures a streamlined and efficient process for acquiring the necessary permits for your business or project. For hassle-free permit applications, visit the following link:

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Starting a Business Checklist

The City of Meridian has compiled this checklist to help you identify and apply for the permits needed for your new business. Whether you are opening a retail store, restaurant, office, or any other non-residential establishment, this checklist will serve as a valuable tool to ensure a smooth and compliant operation.


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