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Renewal of Business Licenses
Business license renewal time is rapidly approaching and courtesy renewal notices will be sent out in late June. Please be advised that these are courtesy notices only. Even if you do not receive a notice you are still required to renew your business license and can avoid late fee penalties by paying on time.

Annual business licenses expire on June 30 each year. 

Payments for business license renewals CANNNOT be accepted prior to July 1st 2015.

Payment of taxes and fees for renewal licenses are due July 1. Payments received after July 31 are subject to penalties. 

Please check back on this webpage for updates on the new fees and the availability to renew your business license online.

Please contact Megan McDermott in the Finance Department 510-215-4335
New Business Licenses
The City of El Cerrito requires anyone who engaged in business within city limits (including operation of rental property) to obtain a business license and pay a license tax.

The Business License Tax Ordinance defines the business license requirements, process, and tax rates.

You can complete a
Business License Application and then mail to the City with the required payment. Contact the Finance Department at 510-215-4335 for assistance with completing your business license application and determining the amount of taxes and fees due. 

Please contact the Finance Department at 510-215-4335.

Lisa K. Malek-Zadeh
Finance Director/City Treasurer

Contact Us

Business Licenses: 215-4335 
Accounts Payable: 215-4311 
Financial Reporting: 215-4323 
Finance Director: 215-4312
Other services: 215-4335
Fax: 510-215-4379 

El Cerrito City Hall
10890 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Monday & Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Alternate Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
(closed every other Friday)