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Online Business License Renewal Portal

The City of Berkeley Online Business License Renewal Portal allows the following businesses to renew their business online*. Online renewals are subject to a service fee: 2.5% of the amount paid for credit cards (Visa or MasterCard); $2.25 flat fee for e-checks.

Business Type   Tax Code   Business Type Tax Code
 Administrative Headquarters
 
  Q          Motor Vehicle Sales 
 
V
 Business Personal Repair 
 
  B   Non-Profit 
 
N
Cannabis (Medical and Adult Use)  
 
  CC   Professional-Semi-Professional  
 
P
Entertainment
 
  E   Rental of Real Property
 
L
Grocer 
 
  G   Retail
 
R
Manufacturing 
 
  M   Wholesale
 
W


 It's as simple as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Register for an account at https://aca.cityofberkeley.info/businesslicense 
             (see Business License Online Renewal Guide for step-by-step instructions)

Step 2: Link your business license to your account

Step 3. Renew and pay for your license

Renewal requirements

To renew your business license online, you must meet the following requirements: 
  • The business is coded as one of the types listed on the table above.
  • The business license was paid in full during the previous year, has no delinquent or gap years in the last four years, and did not close in the previous year.
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) was provided on the business application.

Before you get started

To ensure a smooth renewal, please have these ready:

  • Business license information 
    You will need your business license number (i.e., BL-XXXXXX) and the last four (4) digits of the Social Security Number (SSN) or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) associated with the business. 
  • Annual gross receipts or Payroll (for Administrative Headquarters)
    Total gross receipts or payroll for the calendar year.

  • Exemptions (for Rental of Real Property, Professional-Semi-professional, and Manufacturing only) 
    You will need to have digital copies of your exemption documentation to upload into the system.

    • Rental of Real Property: You will need to have digital copies of your exemption documentation 
    • Professional-Semi-professional: You will need to provide the subcontractors’ business name, address, contract number (if applicable), and business license number. 
    • Manufacturing: You will need to provide the value of raw materials (including energy costs) or the value of the partially completed product at the time it enters the manufacturing process within Berkeley.
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  • Payment information
    We accept Visa, MasterCard, and e-check (bank account). All debit and credit card transactions will be assessed a 2.5% service fee. E-check payments will be assessed a convenience fee of $2.25 per transaction. The City of Berkeley charges a $20.00 fee for each declined card transaction or returned check.
     
  • Valid E-mail address

Questions?

Please use the Online Business License Portal User Guide for step by step instructions on how to renewal your business online. You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions about Online Business License Renewals for more information. If you still have questions, please contact the Finance Department:

 

  • Finance Department
  • E-mail: onlinebusinesslicense@cityofberkeley.info
  • Phone: (510) 981-7205

 

*You can also renew your business license via mail or in-person. Please visit Business License Renewals for more information.

 

 

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