New Business Registration


San Francisco’s Business and Tax Regulations Code requires that every person engaging in business within the City, regardless of whether such person is subject to taxation, must register within 15 days after commencing business within the City. The Business Registration Certificate must be conspicuously displayed at your place of business. Registration fees range from $75 to $35,000, based on the type of business activities and annual gross receipts. Rates were set by the voters as part of 2012's Proposition E-- the Gross Receipts Tax and Business Registration Fees Ordinance. Business Registration must be renewed each year by May 31st. Some information you provide on this form may be shared publicly. Click here for more information. 
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For more information about starting a business in San Francisco, visit the San Francisco Business Portal. 
Have the following items ready before you begin the application:Federal Tax Identification Number (FEIN, SSN, or TIN)Estimated San Francisco Gross ReceiptsEstimated San Francisco Payroll ExpenseLegal structure of your businessOwnership name(s) & address(es)Address of each location in San Francisco where you do businessValid Email AddressPayment Information (credit card, debit card or checking account information)
Click here for instructions on completing the business registration application
Step 2 - Sign the Form 
You will receive an e-mail with instructions to electronically sign the application after it has been submitted.
Step 3 - Pay the Business Registration Fee (if applicable) 
You will receive your Business Account Number immediately by paying online using e-check, credit or debit card. For other payment options, see payment instructions.