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2014-15 Business License Renewal Frequently Asked Questions

When is my payment due?
JULY 1, 2014. Penalties apply to payments received after July 31, 2014.

How much do I owe?
The tax you owe can be calculated using the rates on your renewal notice. You can also see the FY 2014-15 schedule of tax rates approved by the City Council and effective July 1, 2014. You must also pay a $22 administration fee and the $1 State SB 1186 fee.

What if my payment is late?
The tax portion of a renewal payment is subject to penalties if received after July 31, 2014. See your renewal notice for penalties and the dates that they apply, and add the penalty due to your late payment. You can contact the Finance Department at 510-215-4335 for assistance.

Can I renew my business license online?
YES! New this year, you can renew and pay online by credit card, debit card, or e-check. For more information, visit the Online Business License Renewal page, coming soon.

Can I renew my license by mail?
Yes, but mailed renewal payments can only be made by check. The City can no longer accept mailed credit card information. Complete, sign, and return the renewal form with your check in the envelope that was enclosed with your renewal form.

Can I fax in my license renewal or provide my credit card information by phone?
No, the City can no longer accept renewals or payments by fax or phone. Please check out our new online option.

What if I want to renew my license in person?
To renew in person, visit City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito during regular business hours. Bring your renewal notice. You can pay by credit card, check or cash.

What is my business number and classification?
This information can be found in the box at the top of your renewal notice. You can contact the Finance Department at 510-215-4335 for assistance.

When is my license valid?
Your annual business license renewal will be valid upon receipt of full payment of the tax, fees and any penalties due. It will expire on June 30, 2015.

When will I receive my business license certificate?
Business license certificates will be mailed out approximately 30 days after receipt of your full payment.

My business has changed locations. Do I need to notify the City?
Yes, update the information for your business location serving El Cerrito on your renewal form, or with your online renewal. If you have already completed your renewal form, you can update your location separately by submitting a business license information update.

I received a renewal notice, but no longer do business in El Cerrito.
If your business closed, changed owners, or no longer operates in El Cerrito, complete the closure information on the renewal form you received, sign, and return in the enclosed envelope. Your business license is not transferable to a new owner.

What is the  Administrative Fee?
In 2004, the City performed a cost recovery analysis to update fees charged for all programs and services, including determining the cost to the City of administering the business licensing process. In 2005, the City Council approved fees to cover the cost of issuing new business licenses and renewals. This fee is separate from the tax assessed on a business license under the provisions of the El Cerrito Municipal Code Section 4.32. 

What is the SB 1186 Fee?
Starting in 2013, Senate Bill 1186 requires cities to assess a $1 fee on each local business license issued or renewed. The fees are used for programs that facilitate awareness of and compliance with federal and state disability access laws.

Do I have to sign the declaration on my renewal form?
Yes, the El Cerrito Municipal Code requires a sworn statement by the business license renewal applicant regarding the accuracy of business information used to determine the amount of tax owed.  

I need more information. Who can I contact?
For more information, you can send an email to the Finance Department
or call (510) 215-4335.






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