Business License

2024-2025 Business License Renewal Extension Announcement

With respect to this year’s renewal notification, we are in the process of transitioning business support services to our new partners at HdL. Due to the transition, we expect to have the renewal forms sent out in mid to late July to the business community.

Due to this delay, we will be granting an extension until August 31, 2024, to allow the businesses ample time to renew without accruing penalties. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

NOTE: Even though business licenses expire on June 30, 2024, you may continue to operate your business within the specified grace period.


Thank you for your interest in doing business in the City of Alameda.  All individuals, partnerships, corporations, and sole proprietors conducting business in the City of Alameda are required to have a business license. This includes persons dealing with residential and commercial real estate rentals or who operate home-based businesses in the city. In most cases, licenses are based on the gross receipts of your business.  Business license fees are nonrefundable and issuance of a business license should not be construed as authorization to conduct a business, unless the business has complied with all federal, state and local regulations.

If you are a food service business, the City of Alameda has an active Food Ware Ordinance. Visit Mandatory Straws and Disposable Food Ware for all mandatory requirements.

If you are a family childcare home provider, your business is generally exempt from the City's business license tax in accordance with Senate Bill 234 - Keeping Kids Close to Home Act - effective January 1, 2020.

For new businesses, please be sure to note the following:

The Permit Center, located in Room 190 at City Hall (2263 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda), is for information and questions only, and its counter hours are from 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday through Thursday (closed on Fridays and holidays).


Choose “Home Occupation, Work/Live Permit, Zoning Clearance” under the Planning tab.  No login is required.

For additional questions, please call 510-747-6805, or email:

For businesses located in and around Park Street or Webster Street, there is an additional business improvement area(PDF, 114KB) fee.  Please contact the appropriate office, Downtown Alameda Business Association at (510) 523-1392 or West Alameda Business Association at (510) 523-5955, to learn more about business improvement area fees and requirements.

Licenses are valid for one year, July 1 through June 30, and must be renewed annually.  Renewal notices are sent out to existing license holders prior to year end to inform them that the annual renewal period has begun and to request updated information and payment of applicable fees by July 31 of the renewal year. However, it is the responsibility of the business owner to renew the business license on time even if the renewal notice is not received. Penalties are assessed for delinquent accounts, regardless of whether a renewal notice was received.  Licenses can be renewed online and payments can be made using Visa, Mastercard or Discover.  This online offering is part of the City's ongoing efforts to reduce paper consumption and minimize the number of car trips people must make to City Hall.

It is important to have the City business license staff close your account when you are no longer conducting business in the City.  Failure to notify the City business license staff may result in additional taxes, interest, and penalties being assessed against your account.  If you have any questions about a business license or renewal, please contact the Finance Department at (510) 747-4851.

On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1186, which adds a state fee of $1 to each application for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof.  Effective January 1, 2018, the state fee increased to $4.  The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified.

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public.  You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

       The Division of the State Architect

       The Department of Rehabilitation

       The California Commission on Disability Access