Measure U – Richmond Business Tax / Business License

Required Licenses
All businesses / persons conducting business of any kind in Richmond are required to have a City of Richmond Business License.
Apply electronically via portal or download application to mail or fax.

For information on required business licenses, view the Business License Issuing section. 
Contact Information
Finance Department – Business License Unit
450 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 620-6742
Open from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Cashier Hours:  8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Set up One-on-One session with Finance Staff - Calendly

 Special note for new businesses: Zoning compliance is required for all, new, commercial business license applications.  This is provided by the Planning Division and can be acquired during the Building and Planning business hours: 
 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday
For business tax questions, please contact


Additional Resources

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Update to 2022 Rental Renewal Notice – 11/22/2022

It has been brought to our attention that there are errors on the 2022 Rental Renewal Notice that you may have received.

Here are the corrected instructions.

  • Correction One: Line 3 Instructions “Take Line 1 and multiply by 0.01081 (1.081%)
  • Correction Two: Line 8 Instructions: “Start with Line 3. Multiply by Line 5 (if applicable). Subtract Line 4.  Add Line 6. Add Line 7.”

Starting January 1, 2022 all businesses in California must comply with California State Bill 1383. This bill requires business to subscribe to recycling and organics services in addition to other requirements. For more information about compliance and to learn if you qualify as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 generator visit RecycleMore’s website,

All businesses must comply with the City’s Food Ware Ordinance. For more information please visit, or email