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.
Step 1 - Complete the Online Application (new!)Have the following items ready before you begin the application:•Federal Tax Identification Number (FEIN, SSN, or TIN)•Estimated San Francisco Gross Receipts•Estimated San Francisco Payroll Expense•Legal structure of your business•Ownership name(s) & address(es)•Address of each location in San Francisco where you do business•Valid Email Address•Payment Information (credit card, debit card or checking account information)
Click here for instructions on completing the business registration applicationStep 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.