Permit and Licenses

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, Entertainment Commission, Animal Care and Control, and Police Department are the local regulatory agencies that administer more than 100 types of permits and licenses. Visit the San Francisco Business Portal to quickly find the permits, licenses, requirements, and guidelines you need now.

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                                      PO Box 7425
                                      San Francisco, CA 94120-7425
 
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 license certificate 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 consolidated billing system for license renewal fees. Businesses receive a single bill which will list all the license renewal fees associated to a single ownership based on their current "Business Registration Certificate Number" we have on file.

Applying for a New Business Permit or License

San Francisco business owners must submit the appropriate permit application and pay any associated fee to the regulatory department(s). Usually, a business must pass an inspection to be approved. Find more information relevant to your business at the San Francisco Business Portal.

Information about regulatory department permits and permit forms are available at:

  • Department of Public Health

    1390 Market St. Rm. 210, SF, CA 94102
    (415) 252-3800 | 8am - 5pm
    Website: www.sfdph.org
  • Police Department

    850 Bryant St. Rm. 458, SF, CA 94103
    (415) 553-1115 | 8am - 5pm
    Website: www.sf-police.org
  • Fire Department

    698 Second St. Rm. 109, SF, CA 94107
    (415) 558-3303 | 7am - 5pm
    Website: www.sf-fire.org
  • San Francisco Entertainment Commission

    City Hall, Room 453, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place, SF, CA 94102
    (415) 554-7993 | 9 am - 5pm
    Website: www.sfgov.org/entertainment
  • Animal Care and Control

    1200 15th Street, SF, CA 94103
    (415) 554-6364 | 11 am - 6:30 pm
    Website: www.sfanimalcare.org

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. When all license fees are paid in full, the license certificate(s) is issued. Please note, that some businesses who do not have a current Business Registration Certificate will not receive licenses until all business tax and fee matters are resolved.

Payment Information

Payment Deadlines:
Online payments are currently unavailable.  Please make payment in person or by mail.  Payments made in person by the close of business on the deadline date are considered on time. Payments made by mail postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before the deadline date are considered on time. If the deadline falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the deadline to pay without incurring late penalties and fees is the next business day following the same time frames.

Important information about payments:

Payment Deadlines:
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.