Finance Department
Finance Department

Business License Renewal Information & Assistance

This site is designed to assist Berkeley businesses in completing the business license renewal form and calculating business license tax payments. If you require additional information – or have not received a Business License Renewal Form in the mail – please contact us via email, telephone (510) 981-7200, or TDD (510) 981-7250.

Generally, all business licenses expire on December 31st. Business license renewals are mailed to business owners the first week of December and most businesses have until February 28th to renew their business license. However, contractors must renew their license prior to applying for a building permit. Building permits will not be issued to contractors who do not possess a valid business license.

All Berkeley businesses are responsible for the timely filing of annual business license renewal and renewal payments, which must be received or postmarked by February 28th**.  Businesses failing to meet this deadline will incur late payment penalties of 10% March 1st, and an additional 40% on April 1st, and accrue interest at 1% per month after March 1st.    In addition:

  • If your business closed in 2013, you must complete and file a Closing Business Declaration, based upon Gross Receipts received in 2013.   See the Renewal Form and Instructions for further information.
  • If you sell your business, the new owner must file for a new Business License, and may be required to revise or file new permits. Business Licenses are not transferable to new business owners. See also Essential Business License Information.

 

NOTE: for 2014 the deadline for walk-in renewals has been extended to March 3rd at 4:00pm (instead of February 28).

NOTE: Merchant Parking Permits and Commercial Loading Zone decals for 2013 will now expire on May 15, 2014 (instead of February 28).   Vehicles with visibly displayed 2013 permits/decals will not be cited during the extension period.

 

BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWAL

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COMPUTING YOUR BUSINESS LICENSE TAX & OTHER ASSESSMENTS: Using the tax code designated in the preprinted section (gray box) of the renewal form, complete the corresponding section of the renewal form.

NONPROFITS: The tax code for nonprofit businesses will have an "N" following the base tax code. To locate the section you should complete, follow instructions corresponding to the base tax code (without the N). Example: if you have tax code BN, complete the section for tax code B.

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS LICENSE INFORMATION

  • Business License Classifications & Rates Table
  • Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 9.04 is an excellent source of information regarding the City’s business license requirements and regulations, types of business licenses, definitions of terms, and specific allowable deductions to gross receipts.
  • Please CONSULT YOUR ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONAL for advice and to determine which regulations and deductions, if any, apply to your business.
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