All businesses operating in El Cerrito are required to apply and obtain a Business License in accordance with El Cerrito Municipal Code, Chapter 4.32. The Business License Tax Ordinance defines the business license requirements, process, and tax rates. Read the business license renewal FAQ for more information. Most business licenses are valid annually between July 1- June 30.
FY23-24 Business License Renewals
As of July 1st, 2023, the City began processing business license renewals for Fiscal Year 2023-24. Payments made after July 31 may be subject to delinquent fees. Please see the chart below. If you missed our deadline, please reach out to Toni Casados to discuss.
online hereJuly 1, 2023 for Fiscal Year 2023-24. MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
Information regarding the El Cerrito Minimum Wage Standards Ordinance, including current rates, can be viewed here.
Business License Hours
On Tuesday, January 3, 2023, City Hall will be resuming regular public hours of 8 am – 4 pm on Monday and Wednesday, 8 am – 6 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm on every other Friday. Please visit City’s website at Administrative Hours & Holidays for more information.
New Business Licenses
Please note: all new business license applications (excluding contractors) may be delayed based on volume during the months of July and August 2023. The turn around time may be up to 14 business days.
The City of El Cerrito requires anyone who is doing business within city limits (including operation of rental property – commercial/residential) to obtain a business license and pay the license tax. To learn more about How to Start a Business in El Cerrito, click here. We look forward to welcoming your business to El Cerrito!
If you are applying for a home based business, you must apply for a Home Occupation Permit as required by the Planning Division. Please send this form along with your business license application to for ALL home-based businesses for review.
If you are opening a new business in a commercial location, you must submit a Zoning Information Form as required by the Planning Division to determine is the proposed location is zoned for the proposed business use. Please send this form along with your business license application to
If you are a rental property owner, the City has a centralized website to help you better understand the process for operating rentals in El Cerrito. Please visit www.el-cerrito.org/rentalhousing for more information.
BUSINESS LICENSE FEES
Effective July 1, 2023, please see the Master Fee Schedule FY2023-24 for business tax rates.
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