You can now renew your business license online. This system will also allow you to update information about your business (e.g. Phone number, email address, etc.).
The Business License Fee Schedule determines the fee amount due based on the type and location of your business.
HOTELS & LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) returns for Hotels and Motels can now be submitted online, by phone, and mail to simplify your monthly reporting. To submit your TOT online, please click the “Start Now” button found on the right and select the “Renew” option to begin your monthly filing process.
For the privilege of occupancy in any “hotel,” each transient shall be subject to and shall pay a tax in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the rent charged by the operator. Lodging establishments located in the TBID District have an additional assessment of 2%.
If you need further assistance registering your business, you are welcome to contact us at Support@hdlgov.com or by phone at (628) 214-1373. Phone support is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (PST). All questions and applications are now processed online or over the phone.
TOT forms and payments may also be mailed to the address below. Please make checks payable to City of Novato.
REMITTANCE MAILING ADDRESS:
City of Novato
C/O HdL TOT Processing Center
8839 N. Cedar Ave. #212 • Fresno, CA 93720
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Business License?
A business license is an annual business tax for doing business within the City limits. The City of Novato Municipal Code (Section 14-18) requires that you obtain a license when you conduct any business activity within the City, even if your business is located outside of the City limits or if you have a business license from another City. Businesses that are based in the City must also have a business license. This includes home based businesses, building contractors, independent contractors, and non-profit businesses.
Business license taxes and fees help pay for City services like roads, fire, police and other community services. These services benefit businesses, business owners, and the general public.
When should an application be submitted?
You are required to obtain a business license within 15 days of the commencement of business in the City of Novato. Penalties will apply if applications are received after this 15-day period. Thereafter, business licenses renew every year on December 31st and taxes and fees are due by January 31st.