Business License Tax Information

A business license is a tax and is non-regulatory.  It does not entitle the holder to conduct business in a zone where conducting business violates law.  Vallejo’s Finance Department oversees the distribution of business licenses to anyone who wishes to do business in the City. Obtaining a business license tax certificate is required before your business begins operation on a legal, commercial property. Please be sure to have your certificate visible on site and in store or shop. Thank you! 

Who Needs a Business License Certificate?

Any person, but not limited to, an individual, partnership, corporation, or sole proprietor, who wishes to conduct, either directly or indirectly, any business within the City of Vallejo must secure a business license certificate. The City ordinance states that it is unlawful for any person to commence, transact, engage in, or carry on business in the City without first having obtained a valid license and paid the license tax.  Before signing a lease agreement or purchasing a business site, it is advisable to check with the Planning Division to see if the property is zoned correctly for the type of business that you will be operating.

Before You Apply

All businesses are encouraged to use the following links, which can assist in the process for determining what types of Federal, State, and County licenses or permits may be required in addition to your business license.
Other helpful agencies include:  

Organizations operating entirely for the benefit of charitable purposes and those exempt from filing information returns under 26 U.S.C. §6033 (a)(2) are exempt from payment of business license taxes. However, such organizations must receive and maintain a current business license and is subject to an annual renewal and statement affirming its status as a charitable organization by July 1st of each year.


View the Finance Department forms section in the Document Library for the renewal application.

On June 30, 2019, an emergency order was executed, granting a 90-day business license extension for businesses damaged by the coronavirus.

Closing Business Statement

You must complete and file a closing business statement if you are conducting business in Vallejo and close a location or transfer ownership or if you are no longer doing business in Vallejo.

Please Note: Submitting a business license application and paying the required tax does not authorize the commencement of business. Applicants should wait for final approal to be certain that all regulatory requirements have been met.

For More Information

Please feel free to contact us at any time. 

City of Vallejo  
Business License Division
555 Santa Clara Street, 2nd Floor
Vallejo, CA  94590

Phone (707) 648-4310

Business hours are Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  Friday, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.

COVID-19 Office Hours Update:
The City Hall 2nd Floor Main Entrance will be open to assist customers from Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. until further notice.
For the safety of you and others, a face-covering IS REQUIRED at all times while inside City Hall. The City of Vallejo does not provide face coverings.
Thank you for being our customer and we ask for flexibility and patience during this time.