Deferral of Business Licensing Fees
The City will provide tax relief for small businesses by delaying the collection of the unified license bill. The due date for license fees otherwise due on March 31, 2020, is extended to March 1, 2021. Learn more.
Some businesses are required to obtain additional permits and licenses from regulatory agencies. The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector collects annual license fees on behalf of the Department of Public Health, Fire Department, Police Department, Entertainment Commission and the Office of Cannabis. After a permit is approved by the regulatory agency, the business owner will receive a bill from the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector due annually by April 30th*. The bill will list every license owed for each location the business operates. Businesses who are paid in full will receive a license certificate that must be posted at the place of business.
*Note: Weights and Measures operates on a different cycle.
San Francisco business owners must submit the appropriate permit application and pay any associated fee to the regulatory department(s). If an inspection is necessary, the business owner will be contacted by the agency to schedule an appointment. Usually, a business must pass an inspection to be approved.
Regulatory agency permits and forms are available at:
You will need:
- Business Account Number
- Last 4 Digits of your SSN or FEIN
- 8 Digit (PIN). To reset your PIN, use the form below.
Make checks payable to "San Francisco Tax Collector" and mail to:
San Francisco Tax Collector
PO Box 7427
San Francisco, CA 94120-7427
Pursuant to the Ordinance amending various sections of the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code, the Office of the Treasurer & 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" on file.
The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector handles the annual regulatory license renewal. When all license fees are paid in full, the license certificate(s) is issued. Be aware 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.
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