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.


Determine if your business needs to register in San Francisco

Do you*:

Yes   No   1. Operate as an independent contractor within San Francisco?

Yes   No   2. Conduct business in SF for any part of seven (7) days during the fiscal year, including use of streets?

Yes   No   3. Perform work or render services within San Francisco for all or part of any seven days during one fiscal year?

Yes   No   4. Solicit business within San Francisco for all or part of any seven days during one fiscal year?

Yes   No   5. Maintain a fixed place of business within San Francisco?

Yes   No   6. Exercise corporate or franchise powers within San Francisco?

Yes   No   7. Own or lease real or personal property within San Francisco for business purposes?

Yes   No   8. Regularly maintain a stock of tangible personal property for sale in San Francisco?

Yes   No   9. Employ or loan capital on property within San Francisco?

Yes   No   10. Liquidate businesses when the liquidators hold themselves out to the public as conducting such business?

*Answering "Yes" to any of the questions above requires you to register your business.  If you answered "No" to all questions, complete and submit the Declaration of Exemption form below.


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Additional Information:


Available Forms:

  • Declaration of Exemption (pdf) - Exempt entities must provide proof of exemption and a  completed Business Registration Certificate application when submitting the Declaration of Exemption.



Need further assistance? Submit a service request and a representative will contact you on the SAME DAY of the request if submitted prior to 7pm. Requests received after 7pm will receive a response by the next business day.