The City of Novato welcomes you to its business community and would like to share the following information on the City's Business License requirements.
All businesses operating within the City limits are to obtain a business license and pay business license tax prior to commencing business operations. A new business license is also required if a business changes location or ownership. For most businesses the business license fee is a fixed rate depending on the number of employees. If the business is located in Novato, you will also need zoning approval or a Home Occupation Permit from the Planning Division. In addition, some businesses may need a permit from the Police Department.
The easiest and fastest way to apply for a new business license or renew your current license is using the online filing method. To begin, simply click on the “start now” button located on the right of this page. From the main menu please select the “apply” option to submit a new application for your business.
If you need further assistance registering your business, you are welcome to contact us at Novato@hdlgov.com or by phone at (415) 899-8917. Phone support is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (PST).