Permitting & Licensing


Whether you are opening a business, expanding, or moving to a new location in Mount Vernon, the staff in the city's Development Services Department will work closely with you to cut through red tape and help you navigate through the permitting and regulatory process.

All businesses within the city limits are required to obtain a city business license prior to engaging in business. City business licenses are issued by the city's Finance Department.

The city is committed to exceptionally efficient and streamlined service. We offer:

  • Online permit application & submittal through SmartGov (coming January 2019)
  • Online plan review through SmartGov (coming January 2019)
  • Dependable technical information and practical solutions;
  • Our services are predictable, efficient, and understandable;
  • Single-family building plan review completed within one week;
  • Commercial civil and building plan review within 2-4 weeks;
  • Over the counter building permit review of non-complex commercial tenant improvements;
  • Inspections within 24 hours;
  • Minor land use permit review within 4-6 weeks; and,
  • Major land use permit review within 12 -16 weeks.

 Additional Information

Following is useful information when getting permits in the city: