Business Certificate - Renewal
All business certificates must be renewed biannually. The City mails courtesy reminder notices to the address on file no less than 30 days prior to the expiration date. To avoid penalties, complete the renewal notice and return it with payment in full before your certificate expires. Businesses that have an expired certificate may be referred to Code Enforcement for further action.
If your business certificate expires before you submit your renewal application, you will be required to apply for a new business certificate and pay the full fee of $119. Additional penalty fees may apply.
Stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP) Requirements
In accordance with California Senate Bill No. 205, the City updated its business certificate process to require SIC code(s) for new business license applications and renewals. Businesses are required confirm coverage under the Statewide Industrial General Permit (IGP), Order NPDES NO. CAS000001, if required. The new business license requirements are effective for all business certificate applications/renewals submitted to the City on or after January 1, 2020.
Some industrial businesses will obtain business certificates within the City, but their physical business is located in another jurisdiction. These types of businesses install products they fabricated outside of the City limits. In this case, the jurisdiction where the physical business is located will be required to assess the requirements of SB 205 for that business. For that reason, the City will not collect SIC code(s) or determine if the physical location, that is outside of the City’s jurisdiction, is subject to the IGP.
Any applicant for a business certificate renewal who does not submit the information required by Senate Bill 205 before the business certificate expires will have their renewal placed on hold for up to three months without additional penalties or fees, provided the applicant complies with all other requirements for the renewal. Upon determination by the city that the information submitted complies with Senate Bill 205, the city shall issue the business certificate.
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)
The SIC is a system for categorizing establishments using a four-digit code. It is applicable to all business types and is self-selected when you apply for a Business Certificate with the City. The SIC Code you select should be based on your primary business function or the activity. It is important to select the appropriate SIC Code(s) for your business because the SIC code(s) may affect the stormwater permit coverage status of your facility/facilities. For more information, visit Occupational Safety and Health Administration website to search by keyword.
Change of Address, Owner, or Business Name
Business certificates are approved for a specific location, owner, business name and are not transferable. If any of this information changes, a new application and certificate is required.
To obtain a business certificate for a new business or to renew your certificate, submit a completed application.