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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. 

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.

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. 

The annual licensing fee corresponds with the anticipated annual gross receipts for your business. 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
$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 Department during normal business hours, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 12:30PM to 4:30PM and Thursday and Friday, from 9:00AM to 2:00PM, to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations related to your business.

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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