Business Licenses


Business License Renewals



Please renew your business license online now

Annual business licenses expire on June 30 each year.
Read the business license renewal FAQ.

Please renew your business license online or via mail beginning July 1, 2017. Payments received after July 31 are subject to penalties. Payments may be made in person at City Hall during business license hours.

Business License Hours

Monday, Wednesday & Friday* 8:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00am to 6:00pm
*City Hall is closed every other Friday. Please see City Hall hours for a list of Fridays and Holidays.

Please email the Finance Department or call 510-215-4335.

New Business Licenses

The City of El Cerrito requires anyone who is doing business within city limits (including operation of rental property) to obtain a business license and pay the license tax.

If you are opening a new business in El Cerrito, you can complete a Business License Application and then mail to the City with the required payment.

Please see the Master Fee Schedule FY2017-18 for business tax rates.
The Business License Tax Ordinance defines the business license requirements, process, and tax rates.

Business Search

Search for currently licensed businesses operation in the City of El Cerrito. Please note that certain businesses may be excluded from this list for reasons of privacy.

Create a report in Excel of currently licensed businesses.

Email the Finance Department or call at 510-215-4335 for assistance with completing your business license application and determining the amount of taxes and fees due.