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Business Licenses
The City of El Cerrito requires that any person who transacts and carries on any business, trade, profession, calling, or occupation in the city, or who provides a service within the city, must procure a Business License and pay the appropriate fees.

Please note that you may need additional permits and licenses in order to operate legally in El Cerrito. For example, you may need a Home Occupation Permit, Taxicab Permit, Bingo Permit, Conditional Use Permit, or other permit. You may also need Federal, State, or County Licenses and permits, such as a California Seller's Permit or a State Contractor's License.

For more information, please contact the Finance Department at 510-215-4335.

Business License Application Forms
Business License Application 
Business License Change of Information Form
City of El Cerrito Business License Tax Ordinance -- search on Chapter 4.32 to obtain information on the City Ordinance that governs the Business License process.

Business licenses expire on June 30 of each year. Renewals cover the fiscal year (the period from July 1 to June 30 of the following year). The annual business license tax is due no later than July 31 to avoid penalties.

For more information on Business License Tax Renewals, please contact the Finance Department at 510-215-4335.

Download the Master Fee Schedule for the City of El Cerrito, including all tax tables.

For information on how to renew your business license download the Business License Renewal Instructions.

Lisa K. Malek-Zadeh
Finance Director/City Treasurer

Contact Us

Business Licenses: 215-4335 
Accounts Payable: 215-4311 
Financial Reporting: 215-4323 
Finance Director: 215-4312
Other services: 215-4335
Fax: 510-215-4379 

El Cerrito City Hall
10890 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Monday & Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Alternate Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
(closed every other Friday)