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How to Obtain a Business License in Walnut Creek

Business License Hours: 8am - 5pm (Monday - Thursday)  Closed Fridays

On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186,
which adds a state fee of $1 to each application for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified.

Notice: Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:
The Division of the State Architect     www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/home.aspx
The Department of Rehabilitation     www.rehab.cahwnet.gov
The California Commission on Disability Access     www.ccda.ca.gov

All businesses, including non-profits, property owners, small businesses, apportionments, home based and out of town businesses, are subject to the $1 mandated State CASp Fee.

The Business License Division is located in City Hall at 1666 North Main Street, just off the elevator on the third floor. Free parking is available on the Broadway side of the building. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays. All entities and persons doing business in the incorporated area of the City (including subcontractors, landlords & home based businesses) must have a current business license. For Business License purposes, the year begins on July 1 and ends June 30. Please note that business license taxes are non-refundable.

Contact Information:
Should you require additional information regarding business licenses, you can contact us by Phone (925) 943-5821, Fax (925) 943-5824 email businesslicense@walnut-creek.org or by coming into the office.

Note: The City has established various zoning regulations, which control the location and operation of all commercial activity. You should check with the Planning staff in our Community Development Department before purchasing property or signing lease agreements.

To find out if your address is within the city limits of Walnut Creek or which City/County will issue your business license:             Click here

Online Options (CLICK HERE TO):

  • Apply for a New Business License
  • Renew an Existing Business License
  • Retrieve your Pin Number, for Renewals
  • Pay an outstanding balance
  • Close your Business License Account
Forms & Information  Downloads

Outside Contacts

Walnut Creek Municipal Code