City Hall and the Business License Counter are currently closed to the public as a precautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice. 

The Business License staff are continuing to work remotely M-TH from 8:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.  The office is closed on Fridays.

Due to COVID19, this year’s Business License renewals have been extended, from 6/30/2020 to 9/30/2020

Thank you for your interest in doing business in the City of Walnut Creek. We are pleased to offer online options for all business licenses.  Payments may be made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or Electronic Check.

All individuals, partnerships, corporations, and sole proprietors conducting business in the City of Walnut Creek are required to have a business license. This includes subcontractors, landlords (commercial & residential) and home-based businesses in the city. Issuance of a business license should not be construed as authorization to conduct a business, unless the business complies with all federal, state and local regulations.

Refund Policy:
Business license taxes are nonrefundable. 

Privacy Policy:
Your business license is a public record and the information provided in your business license application is subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act, except financial information, social security or tax ID numbers, and other information as specifically exempted under the Act or Walnut Creek Municipal Code.  When you pay for your City of Walnut Creek business license application or renewal through this web site, we request your credit card number, card expiration date, billing address, and email address.  This private information is not part of your business license record and is not subject to disclosure.  Your credit card information and billing address are used only for the limited purpose of processing your payment.  Your email address is used only for the limited purposes of administering the business license web site and sending you notifications about your business license that may be of interest to you. This information is not shared with anyone and is stored on a secure server to protect your information from outside parties.

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 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.