Business Resources

The City of Watauga is committed to helping all new and existing businesses succeed. Below is a list of resources, programs, and information sites to help you succeed. Please note, some sites will take off the City of Watauga website. 

Steps to Starting a Business:

  • Finding the Right Location- The Importance of Understanding Zoning Restrictions and Requirements 
  • Business Inspection Information  
  • Obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy and Other Needed Permits 
  • City of Watauga Economic Development Programs & Resources 

Additional Business Resources

Business Assistance Programs & Economic Development Programs

  • City of Watauga Community Development: 817.514.5884
    7105 Whitley Road, Watauga, TX 76148
    Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Closed Major Holidays) 
    Contact: Robert Parker
  • SCORE- Counselors to Small Businesses:  817.871.6002
    By appointment at North Richland Hills Library (9015 Grand Avenue, NRH) or at the Main Office in Fort Worth 

Free online services, training, and resources for small businesses. Lending for small businesses available. 

Official business link to the United States Government 

Corporate Certificate/Incorporate Your Business

Small Business Resources

Permits, Ordinances, & Inspections

  • City of Watauga Public Works: (Permits, Ordinances, Certificates of Occupancy) 
    7800 Virgil Anthony Blvd.
    Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Closed Major Holidays) 
  • Tarrant County: (Health Permits & Inspections)  817.321.4984
    100 E. Weatherford Street 
    Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Closed Major Holidays)  
    Contact: Jay Dickenson
  • City of Watauga Fire Inspector:  817.514.5880
    5909 Hightower Dr. 
    Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (By appointment otherwise) 
    Contact: Brian Hatfield

Register a Business Name: (Also called “Assumed Names”) 

  • Tarrant County Clerk, Assumed Names:  
    200 Taylor Street, Suite 301
    Fort Worth, TX 76196 
    Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Closed Major Holidays) 

Tax Assistance/Information:

  • Comptroller of Public Accounts, Susan Combs (Sales Tax/Franchise Tax Permit) 
    1.800.252.5555 (Sales and Use Tax) (Franchise Tax) 
    • Field Offices: 
      • Taxpayer Services and Collections
        4040 Fossil Creek Blvd., Suite 100
        Fort Worth, Texas 76137-2747
      • Audit Office
        Crosslands Plaza
        6320 Southwest Blvd., Suite 201
        Fort Worth, Texas 76109 

Obtain a Federal Employers Identification Number, find small business start-up information;
link to state information on permits, taxes, resource websites. 

Workforce Development: Recruitment, Retention, Training 
  Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
  • Tarrant County College (Continuing Education):  817.515.4233
    Various Locations: Northeast Campus (Hurst), Northwest (Lake Worth), South Campus (Fort Worth),Southeast Campus (Arlington), Trinity River Campus (Fort Worth) 
    Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Closed Major Holidays)