Business Licenses

All businesses operating in El Cerrito are required to apply and obtain a Business License in accordance with El Cerrito Municipal Code, Chapter 4.32. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, some businesses may need more time to pay the business license fee due on July 1, 2020. If your business has been impacted, the City will be able to extend your business license renewal deadline by 60 days without penalty. Businesses will have until September 1, 2020 to pay fees, and penalties will not begin accruing until October 1, 2020. The City will send out detailed information in the annual business license renewal mailing in June 2020.

Business License Renewals

Business License Renewal notices will be mailed by the end of June 2020.

Please renew your business license online beginning July 1, 2020 for Fiscal Year 2020/2021. Payments received after July 31 are subject to penalties.

Renew your business license online here.

Annual business licenses expire on June 30 each year.
Read the business license renewal FAQ.

Business License Hours

Please visit the hours page for more information.

Please email the Community Development Department or call (510) 215-4314.

New Business Licenses

The City of El Cerrito requires anyone who is doing business within city limits (including operation of rental property) to obtain a business license and pay the license tax.

If you are opening a new business in El Cerrito, you can complete a Business License Application and then mail to the City with the required payment.

Please see the Master Fee Schedule FY2020-21 for business tax rates.
The Business License Tax Ordinance defines the business license requirements, process, and tax rates.

Business Search

Search for currently licensed businesses operation in the City of El Cerrito. Please note that certain businesses may be excluded from this list for privacy reasons.

Create a report of currently licensed businesses. 

Email the Community Development Department or call at 510-215-4314 for assistance with completing your business license application and determining the amount of taxes and fees due.