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Get an Oakland Business License

To conduct any business in Oakland you must first obtain a Business License, known as a Business Tax Certificate, and pay an annual business tax. The initial fee is $91, and then you'll pay annual taxes after that. 

Paying the Initial Registration Fee for New Businesses

Cost
The $91 registration fee
must be paid and filed within 30 days of starting your business.  If you file your registration later than 30 days after you start your business, you will need to pay a small penalty plus interest for each month beyond the 30 days.

Application Process
The application is available at the office (250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 1320 - next to City Hall) or as a PDF online . You can pay by cash, check or credit card, and the application can be returned by fax (if credit card), via mail or in person.

Time frame
You will get a paper certificate from the business tax office approximately two weeks after you pay your fee.

More Info
Get the business application (PDF), information, and FAQs on the City's Finance and Management Agency website.

 

Paying Annual City Business Taxes

As mentioned, businesses located in or operating in Oakland need to pay an annual business tax on or before March 1 of each year.  See more details on the annual business tax here.

 

Additional Questions About Business Registration and Paying Taxes
Visit the BAC or request help from the BAC online if you have additional questions or need more information. 

 

 
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