Business Licenses

Every business needs a license, and permits may also be required for specific activities. We provide tools and advice to make the process of finding what you need and applying as straightforward as possible.

New Business Applications

Planning to start a business? Obtaining a business license is an important step in the process. For most businesses, the business license fee is a fixed rate depending on the number of employees. You can check the fee schedule here.

Take advantage of our online filing and payment portal. You can file your business license and pay for it online with Visa, MasterCard or Electronic Check.


Business License Application

Home Occupation Permit

Business License Renewals

Business licenses are renewable annually. You can now renew your business license online. Be sure to have your renewal notice with you in order to access the renewal system. This system will also allow you to update information about your business (e.g. phone number, email address, etc.).

Renew Online

If you prefer to renew by mail, see below for more information.

Business License Fee Schedule

The Business License Fee Schedule-2018 determines the fee amount due based on the type and location of your business.

Changes of Status

If there is a change of ownership, business name or location, you are required to obtain a new business license and are subject to any associated fees and approvals.

Change Request

If your business is sold or discontinued, please complete the Declaration attached to the City Business License issued to you and return by mail.

Dissolution of Business Form

Disability Access

On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB 1186. Beginning on January 1, 2013, until December 31, 2018, an additional state fee of $1 is imposed on any applicant for a local business license or equivalent instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. Its purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and develop educational resources for businesses to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws.