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East Palo Alto Business Licenses

New Business Licenses are issued by the Planning Department, located at 1960 Tate Street. Free parking is available in front of the building. 
New Business License Application

License renewals are issued by the Finance Department, located in City Hall at 2415 University Avenue, second floor. Free parking is available in front of the building.
Business License Renewal

All entities and persons doing business in the City (including subcontractors, landlords, and home based businesses) must have a current business license. Business licenses are not prorated, and are effective for a calendar year, beginning January 1 to December 31. Please note that business license taxes are non-refundable. 

Please refer to the business license application form for full business license fee schedule.

For most business activity, the following rate table applies: 

Annual Gross Receipts Between
Annual License Fee
$0-$999 & Initial Fee
$1 for each $1,000 of gross receipts
$0.50 for each $1,000 of gross receipts over $10,000,001

Home Occupied Businesses
If you are requesting a Business License for a home-based business, please include the Home Business Questionnaire with your application. While this information can be mailed or emailed to the Planning Division, you are encouraged to speak with the Planning Division during normal business hours, weekdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations related to your business.

SB 1186 State Mandated Fee
On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186 which adds a state fee of $4 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified. This includes all Non-Profit organizations and exempt businesses. If you have any questions regarding the State Mandated fee, please see the following web sites.

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

Measure O
On November 8, 2016 the voters of the City of East Palo Alto voted in favor of Measure O. Under Measure O, landlords with five or more residential rental units are subject to a 1.5% tax on gross rental receipts. Measure O will generate funding for the City to help fund programs for affordable housing and alleviate displacement and homelessness. 
Measure O Business License Renewal

Related Information

Finance Department

2415 University Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Ph: 650-853-3108
Fx: 650-853-3115

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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