Business Licenses

Business License Office

Business License Desk
Emeryville Town Hall
1333 Park Ave, Emeryville, CA
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Phone: 510.596.4325

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.


View Business License Renewal Applications.

Closing Business Statement

You must complete and file a closing business statement if you are conducting business in Emeryville and close a location or transfer ownership or if you are no longer doing business in Emeryville.