Economic Development Dept: (503) 489-2159 • Planning Dept: (503) 489-2160
So you've done your due diligence and are ready to take your first step towards building a business in Sandy. The next step is to find a suitable home for your business. This guide is intended for commercial businesses seeking an existing building - it is not meant for the following types of businesses:
A home occupation business is exactly what it sounds like – a business operating out of a residential property. If this is where your business is going to start out, this guide really isn't for you. Simply apply for a business license (click here ) and make sure you know the rules regarding home occupation businesses (click here and scroll down to “17.74.80 – Home Businesses”).
On the other end of the spectrum, industrial businesses are generally larger businesses that focus on manufacturing. Due to the level of complexity surrounding their regulation, we require industrial businesses to communicate directly with the City’s Planning Department. If you wish to start an industrial business, please contact the Planning Desk at (503) 668-2160 to get started.
Building your own building is a much more complicated process than moving into an existing building, and also requires direct communication with the Planning Department. If you plan to build your own building to house your business, please contact the Planning Desk at (503) 668-2160 to get started.
To secure a location for your commercial business, do the following:
Find a vacant building or space:
There are three methods for finding a vacant commercial space in town.
Contact the property owner:
Let the owner of the property know you are interested in leasing their space, and schedule an appointment with them to physically see the space. This would also be a good time to mention any potential changes you wish to make to the space should you sign a lease, and make sure the building owner is OK with those changes. WE STRONGLY ADVISE NOT TO SIGN A LEASE AT THIS TIME !
Identify the zone your property is in:
A commercial business must be housed in an appropriate zone for the type of business you are operating. Please check the following:
Is your business a permitted use or a conditional use for the zone you’re in?
Every area in Sandy is designated for certain types of business use by our zoning ordinances. A permitted use is simply a type of business that is allowed within a particular zone – for instance, a restaurant is a “permitted use” in the C-1 zone, meaning that you may locate a restaurant in the C-1 zone without any additional conditions. The zoning ordinance also allows for “conditional” uses, or uses that require additional analysis prior to approval to determine their suitability to the surrounding area.
Permitted and conditional uses are listed in Chapter 17 of the Sandy Municipal Code (SMC). Click here to go to Chapter 17, then scroll down to the appropriate sub-chapter.
C-1 (Central Business District) zone:
C-2 (General Commercial) zone:
C-3 (Village Commercial) zone:
I-1 (Industrial Park) zone:
Conditional use requests require notification to adjoining property owners and are sometimes reviewed by the City of Sandy's Planning Commission depending on the nature of the request. If your business is listed as a conditional use for the zone you’re in, please contact the Planning Desk at (503) 668-2160 for instructions on how to proceed.