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Business Licenses
Payment of taxes and fees for renewal licenses are due starting July 1. Payments received after July 31 are subject to penalties. 

The online renewal portal will open July 1st.

Renewal of Business Licenses
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, 2016. 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
Closed for lunch 12:00am to 1:00pm

*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
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.

Need help filling out application? Click on Example of Business License Application.

The Business License Tax Ordinance defines the business license requirements, process, and tax rates.

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. 

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)