Regulatory License and Permit Information
In addition to the Business Registration Certificate, certain types of businesses are required to obtain additional permits and licenses to operate in San Francisco. The Department of Public Health, Fire Department, and Police Department are the local regulatory agencies that administer more than 100 types of permits and licenses.
After the business permit is approved by the assigned regulatory agency, the business owner pays a license fee to the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector and the permit is issued. The license must be posted at the place of business and must be renewed annually.
Pursuant to the Ordinance amending various sections of the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code, the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector has implemented a new billing system for license renewal fees. In the past, your business received one bill per license renewal fee. This resulted in multiple bills received during a billing cycle. In an effort to simplify and streamline the license renewal process, we are sending a single bill which will list all the license renewal fees associated to a single ownership based on their current Business Registration Certificate Number. The license consolidation effort will be completed after the December 31, 2012, billing cycle. The first week in February we will send the bill for the December 31 cycle and all other licenses. After that mailing, all regulatory licenses will be due on or before March 31 of each year and a bill will be sent every February.
Applying for a New Business Permit or License
San Francisco business owners must submit the appropriate permit application and registration fee to the regulatory department. Usually, a business must pass an inspection to be approved for the permit.
Information about regulatory department permits and permit forms are available at:
1390 Market St. Rm. 210, SF, CA 94102
(415) 252-3800 | 8am - 5pm
850 Bryant St. Rm. 458, SF, CA 94103
(415) 553-1115 | 8am - 5pm
698 Second St. Rm. 109, SF, CA 94107
(415) 558-3303 | 7am - 5pm
City Hall, Room 453, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place, SF, CA 94102
(415) 554-6678 | 9 am - 5pm
If an inspection is necessary, the business owner will be contacted by the agency to schedule an appointment.
Renewing a Regulatory License
The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector handles the annual business license renewal. In order to renew your regulatory license, you will need to know your six-digit Business Registration Certificate number.
When all license fees are paid in full, the license certificate(s) is issued. Please note, that some businesses who do not hold a current Business Registration Certificate will not receive licenses until all business tax matters are resolved.
License fees can be paid online, in person at the City Payment Center by check, cash, or money order, or by mail using check or money order. Penalties are added to the license fee due, beginning one month after the license expiration date.
Important information about payments:
To avoid penalties, payments must be scheduled to ensure receipt of payment by the delinquency date shown on the business license bill. Review the deadlines for timely payments.
Online payments are subject to convenience fees which are added to the total amount due.
The following credit cards and debit cards are accepted online and by phone (IVR):
- American Express
- Master Card
An electronic check works just like a regular check, only no paper is involved. Your bank account information is securely transmitted through the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, a withdrawal is generated against your account, and money is transferred to the City's bank account. The process is very similar to using your Automatic Teller Machine card to pay for groceries at the local store.
A convenience fee is charged for paying your license bill online. Please note that the convenience is a third-party fee and is not part of city funds.
- For Credit Card payments the convenience fee is 2.25% of the total amount charged.
- E-check payments can now be made with NO CONVENIENCE FEE.
- For qualifying Debit Card payments (Visa Personal Debit, STAR, NYCE and PULSE; subject to your bank's participation*) the convenience fee is a flat rate of $3.95 (* Please note that if your banking institution does not authorize your card for "PIN-less debit" transactions, your transaction will be processed as a credit card with the corresponding 2.25% convenience fee.)
For customer support regarding property tax transactions made or being attempted: email@example.com or 877-513- 5465. Note: Payments are not accepted at this number.