New Business Registration



San Francisco’s Business and Tax Regulations Code requires that every person engaging in business within the City must register within 15 days after commencing business. The Business Registration Certificate must be conspicuously displayed at your place of business and renewed annually by May 31st.

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Determine if your business needs to register in San Francisco

If you answer "Yes" to any of the questions below, you must register your business. 

Do you:

1. Operate as an independent contractor within San Francisco?

2. Conduct business in SF for any part of seven (7) days during the fiscal year, including use of streets?

3. Perform work or render services within San Francisco for all or part of any seven days during one fiscal year?

4. Solicit business within San Francisco for all or part of any seven days during one fiscal year?

5. Maintain a fixed place of business within San Francisco?

6. Exercise corporate or franchise powers within San Francisco?

7. Own or lease real or personal property within San Francisco for business purposes?

8. Regularly maintain a stock of tangible personal property for sale in San Francisco?

9. Employ or loan capital on property within San Francisco?

10. Liquidate businesses when the liquidators hold themselves out to the public as conducting such business?

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