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Business Ombudsman's Office

The Business Ombudsman’s Office is the hub for business services in Santa Fe. It was created by the SF Economic Development Division to stimulate the growth of local businesses, assist entrepreneurs and assist with the relocation of businesses to Santa Fe. It is a matchmaking service dedicated to making government work by providing business services that meet the business persons' needs and schedule.


Permitting Services, Business Licensing, Sign Permits, State Regulatory Information, Business Application Assistance, Start-Up Services, Incentives and Financing Information, Location Assistance, Marketing Information and Mentorship.

Economic Development Bids and RFPs

Businesses and non-profits are key partners in developing Santa Fe’s economy. Each year, we issue a request for proposals (RFP) for economic development services and projects which will improve the local economy.

If you have a great program or project that can’t wait, the City of Santa Fe’s Economic Development Division is always accepting unsolicited proposals.  NOTE: Due to the current budgetary constraints, as of September, 2009 Unsolicited Proposals will no longer be accepted until further notice.

City-Wide Bids and RFPs

See a complete list of the all City Bid and Contract Opportunities here.

Apply for a Business License

Download, print and review the Business Registration/License Application here or pickup a Business Registration/License Application packet at City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Room 124.

Tax ID Numbers Required

Before applying, secure both a New Mexico tax ID Number and a United States government tax ID number.

Requirements for Food and Alcohol Vendors

Businesses applying to selland/or serve food will need a Food Purveyor's Permit from the New Mexico Health and Environment Department (NMHED).  Call NMHED at (505) 827-1840.

Businesses that will be serving and/or selling alcohol will need a liquor license from State Regulation and Licensing or call (505) 476-4875.

For businesses that will receive customers at a physical location

  1. Identify a location for your business
  2. Obtain a map of the location - attach the map to your application
    • Contact the city's Geographic Information System (GIS) office - (505) 955-6490.  Give them the address of your proposed location.  With it's robust mapping capabilities, GIS will generate a map that will confirm the zoning along with other information helpful for your application.  Please note that you cannot register a business using a mailing address.  The city code requires a physical address.
  3. Determine the location's gross square area
  4. Determine the number of employees you plan to hire
  5. Determine the type of ownership (corporation, partnership, sole proprietor, LLC, non-profit)
  6. Are you moving an existing business to a new location or is this a completely new business
  7. Meet with City Inspections and Enforcement, City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Room B6 (basement) (505) 955-6646.
    • Apply for a Certificate of Occupancy and schedule inspections.  The proposed location will be inspected for compliance with fire, building and zoning codes.  If the location complies in all three areas, you will be notified in 3 to 5 working days that the Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.
  8. Submit your Application to Accounts Receivable, City Hall, 200 Lincoln, 1st Floor, (505) 955-6551.

For businesses that will not receive customers at the physical location, i.e. online businesses

  1. identify location
  2. apply for Business License


Contact Fabian Trujillo at the Business Ombudsman Office, for your confidential business consultation.  All services are available in English and Spanish.   Ph: (505) 955-6912,


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