If you want to build and maintain a physical structure on Navajo land you must apply for a Business Site Lease. If you plan to run a business from your home on the Navajo Nation, depending on the nature of your business (web-based, consulting, retail) you may be required to apply for a Business Site Lease. Note that you can convert your existing Home Site Lease to a Business Site Lease.
As an alternative, there are existing sites on the reservation that are already commercially zoned, and some with existing structures with utilities. Go to navajobusiness.org to explore existing “Industrial Site Leases” as an alternative to a new Business Site Lease.
Visit your nearest RBDO to start the process. They will help manage the majority of the process for you. A Business Site Lease can take from 3 months to several years, depending on a variety of factors such as how busy your local RBDO is and how quickly a Chapter Resolution can be approved.