Licenses and Permits

Two years of license renewal fees have been deferred for all businesses and are now due on November 1, 2021. Businesses will receive one bill that may show more than one year of license fees due. See below for the original and new due dates. Certain nightlife and restaurant businesses have received license fee waivers. Learn about these waivers below. If you have paid your license fees and received a fiscal year 2021-22 gray license certificate, you do not need to take further action. The certificate is valid through March 31, 2022. 

 Pay License Fees 

License renewal fees are separate from the business registration renewal fee, which was also deferred and due for most businesses on November 1, 2021. 

License Fee Due Dates

 

Original Due Date

New Due Date

2020-21 License Fees

March 31, 2020

November 1, 2021

2021-22 License Fees

March 30, 2021

November 1, 2021

 

License Fee Waivers

Places of Entertainment – Two Years of License Fees Waived 
Applies to businesses that have a Place of Entertainment permit and that have gross receipts of less than $20 million. These businesses are not required to pay two years of license fees, and businesses that already paid these fees will receive an automatic refund. 

Restaurants – One Year of License Fees Waived
Applies to businesses with a Restaurant permit (restaurants permits include H24, H25 and H26 only) and that have gross receipts of less than $750,000. These businesses are not required to pay one year of license fees, and businesses that already paid these fees will receive an automatic refund. 

Additional Information

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:

 

Search for your license bill 

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. 

 

Pay your bill

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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