Certification Application

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If you are interested in becoming certified as a Small or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SBE/DBE) with the city of Phoenix, the online application below allows you to apply for certification in different areas. Please read the following descriptions and indicate on your application the type(s) of certification for which you are applying. The applications contain line-by-line instructions to assist you in the process.

SBE Certification - Firms must be located in Maricopa County and must meet the small business size standards established by the U. S. Small Business Administration. Owners must submit information to verify that their personal net worth does not exceed $1.32 million, excluding the equity interest in their personal residence and the value of their ownership in the applicant business to be certified. SBE certification does not apply to federally assisted projects that require DBE participation.

DBE Certification - Qualified firms located in the United States are eligible to participate in city of Phoenix business opportunities that specify DBE certification. Firms certified by any AZUCP (Arizona Unified Certification Program) member (Arizona Department of Transportation, the city of Phoenix and the city of Tucson) are eligible to participate on federally funded projects. However, firms located outside of Maricopa County must be certified in their home state by an agency that certifies firms under the provisions of 49 CFR Part 26, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a DBE certifying entity. 

The owners of a business seeking DBE certification must have a personal net worth of less than $1.32 million, excluding their equity interest in their personal residence and the value of their ownership interest in the applicant business to be certified.

Please read the instructions carefully to ensure that your application is complete. Verifying documentation must be submitted with all certification applications for Maricopa County firms. 

The review process takes approximately 16 weeks and includes an on-site visit to your place of business. You will receive written notification of the status of your application when the process is complete.

If you have questions or would like assistance in the certification process, contact us at 
602-262-6790/voice or 602-534-1557/TTY between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday, Arizona time.

Certification  Application 

Documents you will need to provide (as applicable) to complete your application for certification