Business Licenses


 The City of Emeryville has always valued its relationship with the business community; and we are pleased to announce some changes to our Business License procedures that are designed to streamline the process for remitting business license taxes to the City.

 The City has contracted with HdL Companies to enable us to better serve the business community. HdL Companies will provide you with support for all aspects of business licensing, including applications, renewals, payment, compliance, and general assistance.

Beginning November 14th
, you can renew or apply for a business license by accessing the Online Business License Portal.

 Who Needs a Business License Certificate?

Any person, but not limited to, an individual, partnership, corporation, or sole proprietor, who wishes to conduct, either directly or indirectly, any business within the City of Emeryville must secure a business license certificate. The City ordinance states that it is unlawful for any person to commence, transact, engage in, or carry on business in the City without first having obtained a valid license and paid the license fee.

Business Licenses FAQ

Before You Apply

All businesses are encouraged to use CalGold, which can assist in the process for determining what types of Federal, State, and County licenses or permits may be required in addition to your business license.

Other helpful agencies include:


Organizations operating entirely for the benefit of charitable purposes and those exempt from filing information returns under 26 U.S.C. §6033 (a)(2) are exempt from payment of business license taxes. However, such organizations must receive and maintain a current business license and is subject to an annual renewal and statement affirming its status as a charitable organization by March 1 of each year.