California Business License

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General Business License Requirements for California.

Business licenses are often required of business entities, regardless of their products and services. This page provides an overview of business license requirements in California.

California General Business Licenses

California Business License

Not required



General Business License licensure is not required on the State level in California.

Business licensing is conducted at the city level in California.

Local General Business Licenses

Alameda County Business License

Agency:Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector Office (CA)

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$20 registration fee + $4.00 CASP fee

Registration Renewal

Due:

Annually by January 1.

Calistoga Business License

Agency:Calistoga Administrative Services Department - Finance Services Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by business services and number of employees. See the List of Business Descriptions for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by business services and number of employees. See the List of Business Descriptions for details.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Carlsbad Business License

Agency:City of Carlsbad Finance Department - Business License Office (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Varies by annual gross receipts. The minimum fee is $34.

Turnaround:

4-6 weeks

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by annual gross receipts. The minimum fee is $34.

Due:

Annually by the first day of the registration anniversary month.

Chula Vista Business License

Agency:City of Chula Vista Finance Department (CA)

Registration Renewal

City of Alameda Business License

Agency:City of Alameda Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Varies by business activity. See the Business License Fee Schedule for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by business activity. See the Business License Fee Schedule for details.

Due:

Annually by June 30.

City of Alhambra Business License

Agency:City of Alhambra Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on gross receipts but there is a minimum fee of $75.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on gross receipts but there is a minimum fee of $75.

Due:

Annually by the end of the month prior to the registration anniversary month.

City of Anaheim Business License

Agency:City of Anaheim Business License Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

In person or mail. 

Agency Fee:

Determined by estimated gross reciepts + number of professional owners/partners + numver of professional employees + number of other employees + total number of employees in Anaheim + total sqaure footage + number of units + other (carnival/bowling alley/billboard/swap meets/etc.)

Required Attachments:

1. Valid California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Seller’s Permit. (Resale Permit)
2. Copy of Lease or Sublease for non-residential business locations within Anaheim
3. Fictitious Business Name Statement filed with the Orange County Clerk

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

In person mail or online

Agency Fee:

Determined by estimated gross reciepts + number of professional owners/partners + numver of professional employees + number of other employees + total number of employees in Anaheim + total sqaure footage + number of units + other (carnival/bowling alley/billboard/swap meets/etc.)

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. A renewal will automatically be forwarded to you 30 days before your expiration date.

Required Attachments:

1. Valid California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Seller’s Permit. (Resale Permit)
2. Copy of Lease or Sublease for non-residential business locations within Anaheim
3. Fictitious Business Name Statement filed with the Orange County Clerk

City of Arcadia Business License

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on industry, specialty, number of vehicles, and/or number of employees.

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on industry, specialty, number of vehicles, and/or number of employees.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required

City of Azusa Business License

Agency:City of Azusa Economic & Community Development Department - Business Licensing Program (CA)

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by location, number of employees, and type of business.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by location, number of employees, and type of business.

Due:

Annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

Notes:

Renewal notices are mailed 30-45 days prior to the expiration of your business license.

City of Berkeley Business License

More Information:

City of Berkeley, California

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

New Business License Application

Filing Method:

Paper

Agency Fee:

Varies from $51 – $77, plus a 1-time registration fee of $25

Turnaround:

3 days - 6 months

How to Apply:

Address must be verified by staff as being in the City's database.

Registration Renewal

Form:

General Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Paper

Agency Fee:

Varies based on gross receipts

Due:

Annually by January 1st

City of Brea Business License

Agency:City of Brea (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Requirement Notes:

An application for a Certificate of Occupancy is also required in order to obtain a business license. A commercial or industrial building, or suite, cannot be occupied without first obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy.

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Rates vary according to the type of business.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Rates vary by business type. 

Due:

Annually by January 1.

City of Chino Hills Business License - Out of City

Agency:City of Chino Hills Department of Community Development (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application

Instructions:

Call HdL at (909) 740-3187 to apply over the phone for business license application.

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$16.20 business license fee + $4 State mandated fee = $20.20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$16.20 business license fee + $4 State mandated fee = $20.20

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

City of Coronado Business Certificate

Agency:City of Coronado Community Development Department
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Certificate Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$25 annual fee + $4 State mandated fee

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business Certificate Renewal Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$25 annual fee + $4 State mandated fee

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance. Renewal notices can be mailed or emailed. 

City of Cupertino Business License

Agency:City of Cupertino Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by business activity. See the Business License Rates document for details.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by business activity. See the Business License Rates document for details.

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

City of Davis Business License

Agency:City of Davis Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

First year estimated gross reciepts + $10 registration fee + $4 State mandated fee + tax group fee + gross reciepts bracket + business license tax 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

Tax group fee + gross reciepts bracket + business license tax + $10 registration fee + $4 State mandated fee

Due:

Annually by January 1.

Penalties:

A 10% penalty will be assessed on the delinquent date and an additional 10% for each month delinquent thereafter.

City of Downey Business License

Agency:City of Downey Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$31 application fee + $4 State mandated fee + fee based on fee schedule

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Renewal Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$31 application fee + $4 State mandated fee + fee based on fee schedule. 

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. Renewal notices are mailed. 

City of Emeryville Business License

Agency:City of Emeryville Department of Finance - Business License Office (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

New Business License Application

Agency Fee:

$61 administrative fee + $25 minimum business license tax

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Renewal Applications

Agency Fee:

$10 renewal fee + business tax amount

Due:

Annually by January 1.

City of Folsom Business License Certificate

Agency:City of Folsom Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by estimated gross reciepts. 

Law:

 (Ord. 762 § 2 (part), 1993)

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by gross reciepts. 

Due:

Annually by June 30.

City of Fountain Valley Business License

Agency:City of Fountain Valley Business License Division
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by business type. 

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by business type. 

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

City of Fremont Business Tax Certificate

Agency:City of Fremont Finance Department - Revenue Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Upon submitting your business tax application, you will receive a response within 10 business days, specifying the amount due and payment instructions.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Most business pay a $30 business tax.

Due:

Annually by the end of the month following the expiration month of the business. Expiration dates are December 31, March 31, June 30, and September 30.

City of Garden Grove Business Tax License - Out of Town

Agency:City of Garden Grove Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Tax License Registration (Businesses Based Outside City of Garden Grove)

Filing Method:

Email businesslicense@ggcity.org

Agency Fee:

$42.50 base tax + $25 processing fee + $4 State ADA fee = $71.50

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Email businesslicense@ggcity.org

Agency Fee:

Based on gross income. 

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

City of Hawthorne Out-of-City Business License

Agency:City of Hawthorne Licensing Department (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for a Business Tax Certificate/Permit

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required

City of Healdsburg Business License

More Information:

City of Healdsburg, CA

Agency:City of Healdsburg Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application

Agency Fee:

Varies based on gross receipts

Due:

Annually by June 30

City of Huntington Beach Business License

Agency:City of Huntington Beach Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$4 State mandated fee + $45 Application Fee + Business License Tax per employee + Home occupation permit (if applicable) + $3.36 automation fee

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal form mailed or avaiable online. 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$4 State mandated fee + $25 renewal fee + Business License Tax per employee + $1.50 automation fee

Due:

Annually by business start date. 

City of Inglewood Business License

Agency:City of Inglewood Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Instructions:

You must apply in person. If you need any additional assistance please contact our office at 310-412-5500.

Filing Method:

In person. 

City of Irvine Business License

Agency:City of Irvine Economic Development (CA)

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$4

Law:

Code of Ordinances Section 4-6-201

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$4

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required

City of Lake Elsinore Business License - Out of City Business

Agency:City of Lake Elsinore Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application - Out of City

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Business type fee + $4 State CASp fee + $38 process fee

General $72, Professional $94, Contractors $108 (A&B) and $65 (C&D)

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Business type fee + $4 State CASp fee + $38 process fee

General $72, Professional $94, Contractors $108 (A&B) and $65 (C&D)

Due:

Annually by the expiration date. Renewal notices are mailed 30-45 days prior to the expiration of your business license.

City of Montebello Business License

Agency:City of Montebello Business Support Center (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by gross reciepts. 

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by gross reciepts. 

Due:

Annually by date of issuance.

City of Mountain View Business License

Agency:City of Mountain View Finance and Administrative Services Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or email to BusinessLicense@mountainview.gov

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by the number of employees a business has. The minimum fee is $75.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by the number of employees a business has. The minimum fee is $75.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

City of Newport Beach Business License - Out of Town

Agency:City of Newport Beach Finance Department - Revenue Division (CA)
Law:

City of Newport Municipal Code

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$287 + $4 State mandated fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$287 + $4 State mandated fee

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

City of Norwalk Business License

Agency:City of Norwalk (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Requirement Notes:

The following must be completed before applying for a business license:


1.Check zoning requirements with the City's Planning Division 
2.Get a Home Occupation Permit (Required ONLY if Home Based Business)
3.Get Fictitious Business Name (DBA; Doing Business As) from the LA County Recorder's Office
4.Get Resale Number from CA Department of Tax and Fee Administration - CDTFA (Required ONLY if conducting Sales)
5.Get Tobacco License from CDTFA (Required ONLY if selling tobacco products)
6.Get Health Permit from LA County Department of Health (Required ONLY if selling food products)
7.Submit a completed Business License Application including the Sub –Category page

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Fees are determined by business type (professions, service and trade, reatil and wholesale, property rentals and management, and coin-operated and vending machines + $105 processing fee if the business is operating from a commercial area inside the City of Norwalk + a $20 processing fee for out of City businesses + $4 State mandated fee

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Fees are determined by business type (professions, service and trade, reatil and wholesale, property rentals and management, and coin-operated and vending machines + $105 processing fee if the business is operating from a commercial area inside the City of Norwalk + a $20 processing fee for out of City businesses + $4 State mandated fee

Due:

Annually by January 31.

Penalties:

If paid after the due date, interest and penalties will apply.

City of Oakland Business Tax Certificate

More Information:

City of Oakland

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Application

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$95 : $88 non-refundable registration fee, $4 SB1186 fee, $3 Recordation and Technology Fee

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Online Renewal

Filing Method:

Online.

File renewal by mail if the business falls under any of the following:
* Claiming a Small Business Exemption
* Filing a Low Income Housing Exemption Operators of Low Income Housing may renew RAP online.

Agency Fee:

Varies

Due:

Annually

City of Oceanside Business License - Out of City

Agency:City of Oceanside Development Services Department - Planning Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$50.00 Administration Fee + $4.00 Disabled Access and Business License Surcharge Fee

Turnaround:

15 days

Registration Renewal

Form:

A renewal form, with applicable administrative fees due, will mailed to the mailing address on file around the 15th of the month in which the license expires.

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

 A business license tax will be assessed based on the gross receipts for the past 12 months, which is 50 cents per $1,000.00 gross receipts with a minimum of $50. Proof of gross receipts, as outlined on the renewal forms, is due at the time of filing. 

Due:

Due annually by the 20th of the month the license expires. 

City of Ontario Business License

More Information:

City of Ontario

Agency:City of Ontario Investments & Revenue Resources (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application

Agency Fee:

Varies baased on gross receipts; $50 base fee plus $4 Sb-1186 fee

Due:

Annually by January 31st

City of Orange Business License - Outside of City

Agency:City of Orange Business License Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Outside) 

Instructions:

After applying online, you'll receive an email when your application is approved, or asking for more detail, or requiring Planning Approval. You can also check the status at any time. If you have questions contact the Business License division at 714-744-2270.

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$56 application fee + $4 State mandated fee + fee determined by classification/tax schedule. See application for more details. 

Required Attachments:
  • Federal Tax ID number (for corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and more)
  • Social Security number (for sole proprietors)
  • Driver's License number (for primary contact)
  • Sellers Permit showing an address in Orange (required for all retail or wholesale businesses)
  • For Hire Motor Carrier of Property license
  • Professional License number - County, State, or Federal
  • Job location and job value (contractors and some outside services)
  • 501(c)(3) - for nonprofit or charitable organizations
  • A Visa or MasterCard Credit Card

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Determined by classification/tax schedule. See application for more details. 

Due:

Annually by date of issuance.

If you have a Gross Receipts Tax Schedule, you will need to state your business's gross revenue (before any expenses) for the last 12 months prior to the expiration date. Your license will be in renewal status and ready to renew online approximately three weeks before the expiration date.

Penalties:

Late penalties are assessed at 25% per month. Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the business owner of the responsibility for renewing the Business License. If three months or more delinquent, a $50 Non-Compliance Fee is added to your account.

Notes:
  • Important information such as a resale number, driver's license number, Tax ID number, or State License number is missing from your account, or other information is needed
  • You are tax exempt
  • Your account is more than six months delinquent
Required Attachments:
  • Business License Account Number
  • Security code from renewal notice (under "Total Due")

City of Oxnard Business License

Agency:City of Oxnard Department of Billing and Licensing (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Tax Certificate Application for Businesses Based Outside Oxnard City Limits

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Instructions:

A renewal form is mailed to licensees.

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required

City of Palm Springs Business License

Agency:City of Palm Springs Finance Department ‐ Business License Tax Division (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

New Business License Tax Application

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on industry, specialty, number of vehicles, number of employees, and other factors.

Law:

Palm Springs Municipal Code, Chapter 3

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on industry, specialty, number of vehicles, number of employees, and other factors.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required

City of Pico Rivera Commercial/Industrial General Business License

Agency:City of Pico Rivera Business Licensing Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Commericial/Industrial General Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

Fees for the business license vary by the type of business and/or anticipated gross receipts. The current fee for a Certificate of Occupancy is $250.

Law:

The City of Pico Rivera Municipal Code (Section 5.08.010)

Required Attachments:

Certificate of occupancy.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Commercial/Industrial General Business License Application (Renewal). 

Filing Method:

Mail or online. 

Agency Fee:

Fees for the business license vary by the type of business and/or anticipated gross receipts. The current fee for a Certificate of Occupancy is $250.

Due:

Due by anniversary date. 

Before you Apply:

Certificate of Occupancy.

City of Pomona Business License

Agency:City of Pomona Business License Unit (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on gross receipts. See the Business License Tax Schedule for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on gross receipts. See the Business License Tax Schedule for details.

Due:

Annually by the end of the assigned quarterly period. Due dates are December 31, March 31, June 30, or September 30. 

City of Redding Business License

More Information:

City of Redding, CA

Agency:City of Redding City Clerk's Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application

Agency Fee:

Varies based on business activities

Due:

Annually by month license is obtained

City of Rialto Business License

Agency:City of Rialto Community Development Department (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

New Business License Form

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on business classification.

Turnaround:

Three to four weeks.

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on business classification.

Due:

Annually by December 31st for all business except contractors.

Contractor renewals are due one year from the date of issue.

Original Ink:Not required

City of Richmond Business License

Agency:City of Richmond Finance Department – Business License Unit (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on number of employees.

Original Ink:Not required

City of Riverside Business License

Agency:City of Riverside Finance Department (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Tax Application

Agency Fee:

Variable based on number of employees working in Riverside.

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable based on number of employees working in Riverside.

Due:

Annually on the last day of the month in which the license was issued.

Original Ink:Not required

City of Roseville Business License

Agency:City of Roseville Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Requirement Notes:

Filed Fictitious Name Statement 


First two pages of Articles of Incorporation 


Federal Employers ID Number 


State Employers ID Number 


501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) - Nonprofits

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

Based on business type. See fee schedule here

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Renewal Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

Based on business type. See fee schedule here

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Penalties:

 A 10% per month penalty up to 60% of the license fee is assessed on delinquent accounts.

City of San Clemente Business License

Agency:City of San Clemente (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Based on business type and location. See here. 

Due:

Annually by date of issuance.

Law:

(Prior code § 8-14)

Penalties:

To all business license renewal taxes becoming delinquent as provided in this chapter, there shall be added a penalty of twenty (20) percent of such license tax, or a sum of five dollars ($5.00), whichever is greater, on the first day of each calendar month after the due date thereof, provided that the amount thereby added shall in no event exceed one hundred (100) percent of the business license tax due. The amount added shall become a part of the business license tax and there shall be added thereto six (6) percent simple interest beginning on the day upon which the last amount is added hereunder.

License Void Thirty Days After Becoming Delinquent. .....The current business license shall become void thirty (30) days after becoming delinquent and no business license shall be issued by the License Collector until the business license tax so delinquent, and the penalties added thereto, shall have been paid in full.

City of San Juan Capistrano Business License

Agency:City of San Juan Capistrano Finance Department - Business license Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Email businesslicenses@sanjuancapistrano.org

Agency Fee:

See fee schedule on application.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Email businesslicenses@sanjuancapistrano.org

Agency Fee:

See fee schedule on application. 

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

City of San Ramon Business License

Agency:City of San Ramon Administrative Services Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Varies by business activity; minimum of $54.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

Varies by business activity; minimum of $54.

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

City of Santa Maria Business License

More Information:

https://www.cityofsantamaria.org/doing-business/business-license

Agency:City of Santa Maria (CA)
Law:

Santa Maria Municipal Code 

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application 

Storm Water Form 

Instructions:

Submit the completed business license application to the Community Development Department, Planning Division. 110 S. Pine Street, Suite 101, Santa Maria, CA 93458. 

The business license application fee and tax may be paid at the Finance Division (206 E. Cook St. - Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Determined by business type. 

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

City of Santa Monica Business License

More Information:

City of Santa Monica

Agency:City of Santa Monica Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application

Agency Fee:

Varies based on gross receipts

Due:

Annually by June 30

City of Tracy Business License

Agency:City of Tracy Finance Department - Business Licensing Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Varies by business services. See the Business License Tax and Fee Schedule for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by business services. See the Business License Tax and Fee Schedule for details.

Due:

Annually by June 30.

City of Ukiah Business License

More Information:

City of Ukiah, CA

Agency:City of Ukiah Business Section (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application

Agency Fee:

Varies based on fross receipts

Due:

Annually by December 31

City of Ventura Business License

Agency:City of Ventura Business Tax Office (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

New Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts and business type (retail, services, or warehousing).

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts and business type (retail, services, or warehousing).

Due:

Annually by June 30th.

Original Ink:Not required

City of Visalia Business Tax Certificate

Agency:City of Visalia Business Tax Division (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Tax Application

Agency Fee:

$30.50 application fee; taxes are assessed based on industry and gross receipts.

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Declaration of Gross Receipts

Instructions:

The Declaration of Gross Receipts form is mailed to license holders each March.

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually by April 30th.

Original Ink:Not required

City of Vista Business License

Agency:City of Vista Finance Department - Business License Office (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

Anyone conducting business in the City of Vista must have a business license.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by annual gross receipts. Minimum of $15

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by annual gross receipts. Minimum of $15

Due:

Annually by September 30. Renewal may be filed as early as 60 days prior to the expiration date.

City of Watsonville Business License

Agency:City of Watsonville Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by business activity. Retail and general businesses (those engaging in any business consisting of selling at retail any goods, wares, merchandise, or commodities, or engaging in any trade, occupation, service, or calling in which the general nature and purpose is retail business) pay a fee based on annual gross receipts:

  • $100 for $100,000 or less in annual gross receipts
  • $150 for between $100,001 and $200,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $200 for between $200,001 and $300,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $250 for between $300,001 and $400,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $300 for between $400,001 and $500,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $350 for between $500,001 and $600,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $400 for between $600,001 and $700,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $450 for between $700,001 and $800,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $500 for between $800,001 and $900,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $550 for between $900,001 and $1,000,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $600 for between $1,000,001 and $1,500,000 in annual gross receipts
  • and $50 for each increment or fraction of $500,000 above $1,500,000.


First-time applicants who will commence business after October 1 pay 3/4 of the application fee, those commencing business after January 1 pay 1/2 the application fee, and those commencing business after April 1 pay 1/4 the application fee.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Update Form

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by business activity. Retail and general businesses (those engaging in any business consisting of selling at retail any goods, wares, merchandise, or commodities, or engaging in any trade, occupation, service, or calling in which the general nature and purpose is retail business) pay a fee based on annual gross receipts:

  • $100 for $100,000 or less in annual gross receipts
  • $150 for between $100,001 and $200,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $200 for between $200,001 and $300,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $250 for between $300,001 and $400,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $300 for between $400,001 and $500,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $350 for between $500,001 and $600,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $400 for between $600,001 and $700,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $450 for between $700,001 and $800,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $500 for between $800,001 and $900,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $550 for between $900,001 and $1,000,000 in annual gross receipts
  • $600 for between $1,000,001 and $1,500,000 in annual gross receipts
  • and $50 for each increment or fraction of $500,000 above $1,500,000.
Due:

Annually by July 1.

City of West Sacramento Non-Local Business License

Agency:City of West Sacramento Community Development Department (CA)

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$77

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$77

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required

Covina Business License

Agency:City of Covina Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:
  • Fees vary by annual gross receipts.
  • No payment will be required until your application has been reviewed and accepted. Within 3-4 weeks, you will receive an email containing the amount due and instructions on how to make payment online.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by annual gross receipts.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Dixon Business License

Agency:City of Dixon Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Varies by business services. See application for details.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$74 for most businesses

Due:

Annually by December 31.

El Dorado County Business License

More Information:

El Dorado County

Agency:El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$46

Due:

Annually

Elk Grove Business License

Agency:City of Elk Grove Business License Office (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$16 minimum fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$16 minimum fee

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Foster City Business License

Agency:Foster City Financial Services Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Minimum fee of $100. See Business License Tax Worksheet on the application for details.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Renewal

Agency Fee:

Varies by annual gross receipts and services offered.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fullerton Business Registration

Agency:City of Fullerton Administrative Services Department - Business Registration Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Registration Application

Agency Fee:

$17 application fee + $4 AB 1379 fee + $22 zoning review fee + registration fee which varies by business type. See this page for more details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$11 renewal fee + $4 AB 1379 fee + registration fee which varies by business type. See this page for more details.

Due:

Annually by the end of the month prior to the registration anniversary month. For example, if you initially started doing business on September 8th, your renewal would be due annually by August 31.

Gardena Business License

Agency:City of Gardena Department of Community Development (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Email to CDDLicenseandPermitCenter@cityofgardena.org

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by business services and gross receipts. See the fee schedule on this page for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary by business services and gross receipts. See the fee schedule on this page for details.

Due:

Licenses expire annually on December 31. Businesses that pay a flat fee must renew by January 31 and businesses that pay a fee based on gross revenues must renew by February 28.

Grass Valley Business License

Agency:City of Grass Valley Business Licensing Section (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

See Business Tax Fee Schedule for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

See Business Tax Fee Schedule for details.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Hemet Business License

Agency:City of Hemet Finance Department - Business Licensing Section (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

See this page for details.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Hercules Business License

Agency:City of Hercules Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

New Business Application

Agency Fee:

Varies by annual gross receipts.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Varies by annual gross receipts.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Long Beach Business License

Agency:City of Long Beach Business License Division (CA)

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal information and pin is sent via mail.

Due:

Annually

Los Angeles Business Registration

Agency:City of Los Angeles Office of Finance (CA)

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on gross receipts.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required

Los Gatos Business License

Agency:Town of Los Gatos Finance Department - Business License Tax Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Gross Receipt Application

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on annual gross receipts.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on annual gross receipts.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Menifee Business License

Agency:City of Menifee Finance Department - Business License Program (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

See the Fee Schedule for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

See the Fee Schedule for details.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Millbrae Business License

Agency:City of Millbrae Business License Department (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

$78 processing fee + a fee based on business services and gross receipts

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$52 renewal fee + a fee based on business services and gross receipts

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Milpitas Business License

Agency:City of Milpitas Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

BL Application

Filing Method:

Mail, email, or online.

Agency Fee:

$50 application fee + $57 plan check fee + $4 AB 1379 fee + license fee based on business type and number of employees.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25 processing fee + $4 AB 1379 fee + license fee based on business type and number of employees.

Due:

Annually by January 1.

Notes:

Renewal notices are mailed 45 days prior to the expiration of your business license.

Murrieta Business License

Agency:Murrieta Department of Finance - Business License Bureau (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by business services and gross receipts. See the fee schedule for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by business services and gross receipts. See the fee schedule for details.

Due:

Annually by the date of initial registration.

Novato Business License

Agency:City of Novato Finance Department - Business Licensing Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail, email to BL@novato.org, or online.

Agency Fee:

See the Fee Schedule for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

See the Fee Schedule for details.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Ojai Business License

Agency:City of Ojai Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Business License

Agency Fee:

$100 base rate fee + $25 registration fee + $4 state disability access fee + group rate depending on number of employees or gross receipts

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$10 renewal fee + business tax fee (depends on gross receipts and business services)

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Notes:

Renewal notices are sent to licensees in advance of the renewal period.

Pasadena Business License - General

Agency:Pasadena Department of Finance (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

The general business license category applies to every person engaged in the business of retailing, merchandising, wholesaling, manufacturing, processing, distributing, warehousing or utility services, not otherwise specifically provided for in Chapters 5.04 through 5.16.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$75 plus $15 for each employee in excess of 1.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75 plus $15 for each employee in excess of 1.

Due:

Annually by August 31.

Pasadena Business License - Professional

Agency:Pasadena Department of Finance (CA)
Law:

Pasadena Code of Ordinances 5.08.130 and 5.16.030

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

The professional business license category applies to every person engaged in or carrying on any profession where profession means:

  • Architect

  • Attorney

  • Certified public accountant

  • Chiropodist or podiatrist

  • Chiropractor

  • Dentist

  • Engineer (all types)

  • Land surveyor

  • Landscape architect

  • Optometrist

  • Osteopathic physician

  • Physician and surgeon

  • Psychologist

  • Public accountant

  • Shorthand reporter (general reporting only)

  • Veterinarian

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

For the first professional—$200;
For each additional professional—$100;
For each nonprofessional employee—$15

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

For the first professional—$200;
For each additional professional—$100;
For each nonprofessional employee—$15

Due:

Annually by March 31.

Pasadena Business License - Service

Agency:Pasadena Department of Finance (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$75.00 plus $15.00 for each employee in excess of 1.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75.00 plus $15.00 for each employee in excess of 1.

Due:

Annually by May 31.

Piedmont Business License

Agency:City of Piedmont City Clerk’s Office (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

$100 license fee + $4 disability access fee

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100 renewal fee for businesses with less than $50k in gross receipts. If gross receipts are greater than $50k, then multiply gross receipts by .002 for the fee amount.

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Pleasanton Business License

Agency:City of Pleasanton Business License Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Tax Application

Agency Fee:

Varies by gross receipts:

  • $25 for $0-$24,999 in gross receipts
  • $50 for $25,000-$99,999 in gross receipts
  • $75 for $100,000-$249,999 in gross receipts
  • $.30 per $1,000 for $250,000 and above in gross receipts

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by gross receipts:

  • $25 for $0-$24,999 in gross receipts
  • $50 for $25,000-$99,999 in gross receipts
  • $75 for $100,000-$249,999 in gross receipts
  • $.30 per $1,000 for $250,000 and above in gross receipts
Due:

Annually by December 31.

Rancho Palos Verdes Business License

Agency:Rancho Palos Verdes Finance Department - Business License Office (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by gross receipts and services provided.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by gross receipts and services provided.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Salinas Business License

Agency:City of Salinas Finance Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:
  1. Please fill out the business license application, send it to currplanwebmail@ci.salinas.ca.us for business address approval. If it’s a home address, ask them for a HOP form.
  2. Once the address is approved, please forward that approval to eBizLicense@ci.salinas.ca.us along with your completed business license application and credit card authorization form.
Agency Fee:

$5.75 processing fee + $4 ADA state fee + license tax fee based on gross receipts

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by gross receipts

Due:

Annually

Notes:

Renewal notices are mailed to license holders with instructions for renewing the license online.

San Diego Business Tax Certificate

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

San Diego Business Tax Certificate Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail or online 

Agency Fee:

$34.00 for a business with twelve (12) employees or fewer OR $125.00 plus $5.00 per employee for a business with thirteen (13) employees or more + $4.00 State mandated fee

Turnaround:

Up to two weeks. You will be notified by mail if additional taxes or fees are due, such as: Business Improvement District Assessments; large Business Tax (13 or more employees); late fees; or if additional information is required.

Penalties:

Late fees are assessed for applications received 15 days after the business start date.

Registration Renewal

Form:

San Diego Business Tax Certificate Renewal

Filing Method:

Renewals are done by appointment only. 

Agency Fee:

$4 renewal fee + $34.00 for a business with twelve (12) employees or fewer OR $125.00 plus $5.00 per employee for a business with thirteen (13) employees or more.

Due:

Annually by December 21. Renewals are done by appointment only. 

Penalties:

Businesses that fail to pay the tax within 15 days from the business start date will be assessed a latefee
of $25.00 or 10% of the amount owed, whichever is greater. Beginning one calendar month from the due date of the
Business Tax, a penalty of 1% per month will be added to any past due business taxes and late fees.

San Dimas Business License

Agency:City of San Dimas Administration Department - Finance Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

See the Business License Fees sheet for details.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

See the Business License Fees sheet for details.

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

San Francisco Business Registration

Agency:City and County of San Francisco Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary and depend on your business activities and gross receipts or payroll expense. See the table on this page under the "How much does it cost to register?" section for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary and depend on your business activities and gross receipts or payroll expense for the previous fiscal year.

Due:

Registrations expire annually on June 30 and must be renewed by November 1.

San Jacinto Business License

Agency:City of San Jacinto Finance Department - Business Licensing Section (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Application Forms

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on the number of full-time employees working in San Jacinto.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on the number of full-time employees working in San Jacinto.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

San Joaquin County Business License

Agency:San Joaquin County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

Businesses located in or conducting businesses in the unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County are required to be licensed.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Penalties:

There is a $10 late fee.

Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail every year.

San Leandro Business License

Agency:City of San Leandro - Finance Department (CA)

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by business services. See the fee schedule on this page for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by business services. See the fee schedule on this page for details.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

San Rafael Business License

Agency:City of San Rafael Business License Division (CA)

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by business services and gross receipts.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by business services and gross receipts.

Due:

Annually by January 1.

Santa Ana Business License

Agency:City of Santa Ana Finance and Management Services (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Tax Application

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on type of business.

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business Tax Bill

Instructions:

A bill will be mailed, or you can contact the Tax and License section at (714) 647-5447 to obtain a tax bill.

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on type of business.

Due:

Annually.

Original Ink:Not required

Santa Barbara Business License

Agency:City of Santa Barbara Business Licensing Department (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

Varies by gross receipts and business services. See the application for details.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

Varies by gross receipts and business services. See the application for details.

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Santa Clara Business License

Agency:City of Santa Clara Municipal Services Division - Business Tax Unit (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

All businesses are required to have a valid business license from the City of Santa Clara in order to transact business or occupy space in the City. Businesses located outside of the City but conducting business activity within city limits are also required to have a Santa Clara business license.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or online.

Agency Fee:

Varies by services offered and number of employees. See application for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by services offered and number of employees.

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Santa Clara County Business License

Not required



General Business License licensure is not required on the County level in Santa Clara County.

Santa Clara County does not currently issue business licenses.

Santa Fe Springs Business License

Agency:City of Santa Fe Springs Finance and Administrative Services Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Application Form

Agency Fee:

$100 base fee + $50 processing fee + $4 disability access fee + $4 for every additional employee after 5 and $2 for every additional employee after 300 (this fee is prorated based on when you apply)

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100 base fee + $35 processing fee + $4 disability access fee + $4 for every additional employee after 5 and $2 for every additional employee after 300

Due:

Annually by June 30 for businesses located within the city. Businesses located outside of the city renew annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

Santa Rosa Business Tax Certificate

Agency:City of Santa Rose Business Tax Division (CA)

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on gross receipts: $25 plus $0.34 per every $1,000 in gross receipts ($3,000 is the maximum fee)

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on gross receipts: $25 plus $0.34 per every $1,000 in gross receipts ($3,000 is the maximum fee)

Due:

Annually by January 1.

Sonoma Business License

Agency:City of Sonoma Finance Department (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

City of Sonoma Business License Application

Filing Method:

In-person, mail, or online.

Agency Fee:

The business license fee is based on the type of business. See the fee schedule or application for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

The business license fee is based on the type of business. See the fee schedule or application for details.

Due:

Licenses expire annually on December 31 and must be renewed by February 1 to avoid late fees.

Stanton Business License

Agency:City of Stanton Business Licensing Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:
  • Varies by number of employees and services provided.
  • No payment will be required until your application has been reviewed and accepted. You will receive an email verifying the receipt containing the amount due and instructions on how to make payment online.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by number of employees and services provided.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Sutter Creek Business License

Agency:City of Sutter Creek City Administration Office (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

$174

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$174

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Town of Windsor Business License

More Information:

Town of Windsor

Agency:Town of Windsor Administrative Services Department (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$26

Due:

Annually

Vacaville Business License

Agency:City of Vacaville Finance Division (CA)

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on the type of business and the number of employees. See the fee schedule for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fees are based on the type of business and the number of employees. See the fee schedule for details.

Due:

Annually by April 30.

West Covina Business License

Agency:City of West Covina Finance Department - Business Licensing Division (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

See the Business License Tax & Fee Schedule for details.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

See the Business License Tax & Fee Schedule for details.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

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