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Office of Economic Development
Office of Economic Development

Starting a Business in Berkeley 

The Office of Economic Development (OED) has prepared this Berkeley Business Resource Guide  to help clarify the start-up process for businesses in Berkeley. 

The guide provides vital information for obtaining the proper authority to begin a business through the Permit and Licensing requirements.  It also provides resources for permit and licensing requirements at the State, County and Federal levels and includes tips on where to find technical assistance or financial resources for new endeavors. In the Resource Guide you will find contact information for the Berkeley’s Chamber of Commerce and other Berkeley Business Associations, which support growing businesses in our community.  Business Resource Guide

We also have compiled Berkeley Businesses License Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and encourage you to call or email the city customer service desk for real time updates. The 311-Customer service center can be reached by dialing 311 inside city limits or 510-981-CITY (2489).

 The information contained in the Business Resource Guide (prepared March 2017) FAQs document (September 2017) is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Please check with the agencies or websites provided for most current information. 

If you cannot view or print these documents, please contact us via email (, telephone (510) 981-7530, or TDD (510) 981-6903.












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