How do I know what permits and licenses my business may need?

Visit the online Business Portal to help identify which permits and licenses you may need.

What information do I need to provide in order to apply for a business license?

In addition to a completed application form, you will need a zoning approval and any permits that are applicable to your business.

Do I need a business license to do business in Novato?

Yes. All persons and business entities located or doing business in the City of Novato are required to obtain a business license.

What do I need to do when my business location address changes?

An address change should be submitted if you wish to change your business address.

What is Open Counter?

Open Counter is a web-based tool designed to help small business owners understand the specific license, permits and requirements for starting a business in Novato.

Do I need to know which permits I need to use Open Counter?

No. Open Counter will guide you toward the necessary permits by checking your responses to a few questions.


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