Business Tax & License

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We welcome your business to the City of Santa Clara!

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.

Please see the City Code for additional information on Business Tax and Business License and Regulations.

Conducting Business & Approval

  • A business license will be mailed to the applicant once all fees have been paid and the business license application has been approved by all appropriate City departments.
  • Approval of a business license application may take up to eight weeks.
  • Businesses will be able to legally conduct business once the license has been approved.
  • For information on the City's Minimum Wage increase that is effective January 1, 2019, visit the Minimum Wage Ordinance Page.

Disability Access Requirements  

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. To learn more about disability access requirements, please review the AB 3002 notification: 

Business License Renewal

Each business is responsible for renewing their annual business license before its expiration date. If you have received a Renewal Notice, you may have the option to Renew Online.

Business Listings

For more information, see our FAQS, and select "Business Tax" from the drop down menu


Please contact us at:

Municipal Services, Business Tax & License
1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, CA
Phone: 408/615-2310
Fax: 408/241-1543

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