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Business License Renewal Information & Assistance

 Important Information Regarding Business License Renewals

All renewals and payments must be submitted or postmarked by February 28, 2021 to avoid penalty and interest.

*Please note that February 28 is a Sunday. Generally, the US Postal Service will not postmark items received on Sundays. Please confirm with your local post office for pick up times and days. This will determine when the renewal will be postmarked. 

Options to renew and pay your business license:

  • Drop your renewal form and payment (checks only) in the drop-box located at 1947 Center Street labeled “Finance Department” on or before February 28, 2021.
  • Mail your renewal form and check to City of Berkeley, 1947 Center Street, 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704 by February 28, 2021. (See above information regarding acceptable postmarks)


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 at (510) 981-7200, or TDD (510) 981-6903.

Generally, all business licenses expire on December 31. Business license renewals are mailed to business owners the first week of December and have until February 28 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 before March 1.  Businesses failing to meet this deadline will incur late payment penalties of 10% March 1, and an additional 40% on April 1, and accrue interest at 1% per month after March 1.   

In addition:



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.


  • 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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