Opening a business is a multi-step process, and can be complex or confusing. The website of Oklahoma Department of Commerce is a great place to start, whether you are a new or existing business, or if you are considering relocating to Oklahoma. If you are new to opening a business, their Start-Up guide is a great resource. It includes information on choosing and registering your business name and legal structure, obtaining your Federal Employer's Identification Number (FEIN), obtaining a sales tax permit from the Oklahoma Tax Commission, writing a business plan, and other valuable information. If you need assistance with these steps, low cost and free business consulting services are available from many agencies in Oklahoma (see links for more information). 


In addition to registering your business on the federal and state levels, many types of retail businesses require a City license or permit. Food businesses will also require a permit from county health department, before obtaining your City permit. You will also want make sure your location is appropriately zoned to allow for your project. 

If you’re looking to build new or remodel an existing building, you’ll need to apply for a building permit. The City of Norman's Development Handbook outlines the development and building permit process. For additional information on the the development process, please contact the Development Coordinator for the City of Norman. 


Let us help!  From national to local, swanky to thrifty, modern, global, hippy, vintage, artsy, you name it...Norman is home to an diverse collection of retail and dining options. Discover the hip, the historic and the hidden gems in Norman's neighborhoods by exploring our retail districts and corridors. For detailed information about specific sites, including demographics, consumer spending, market potential, traffic counts, and more, please contact the Retail Marketing Coordinator.




We have attempted to gather the most pertinent and useful resources for businesses interested in Norman, Oklahoma. Whether you are a new business owner or your business is just new to Norman, these links should help answer your questions. There are many resources available in our community to assist small businesses start, grow and succeed. We have put to together a brief resource guide to help connect you to many of the options available. If you need additional information or have specific question, please contact us