Business License Division

Due to the State and Alameda County Health Department shelter in place order, our office is currently CLOSED until further notice.

You can continue to RENEW online below

New applications must be mailed in with the proper tax payment and additional forms if required. Processing will take additional time as staff is limited to essential services currently.

Pending accounts will be addressed upon our return.

Thank you for your patience during this time.



The City of Pleasanton requires any person conducting business in the city to obtain a business license. This includes any business using a Pleasanton address for advertisement, or state or federal licensing, even if the business is done offsite.

For more information on business license requirements CLICK on link for Section 5 (Pleasanton Municipal Code).

Business License 2020 Renewals

DUE by January 31, 2020 and 25% Penalty on February 1st and 50% Penalty on March 1st

Please reference the backside of the renewal form for Important Information!

Please be advised that a PLEASANTON BUSINESS ADDRESS CHANGE CANNOT BE DONE ONLINE nor Change of Ownership or Closure of a license

RENEW YOUR LICENSE See link below:

Only a current business license in good standing can renew online. Reference the License/Acct# and PIN# printed on the renewal form

CLOSURES: Owner must sign/date/return form. Cannot be done online

Click here to RENEW online. 

New Business License Application Information

Please reference correct link form(s) below to print and mail in with payment 

To ensure enough time to complete the process for a new business license, it is recommended applicants allow 30 minutes for an over-the-counter review and approvals from various departments.

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays
200 Old Bernal Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566

NEW FORMS AVAILABLE HERE if you are conducting business... Please Print  the following PDF form:

For any business operating in Pleasanton *Print the PDF Business License new tax application and mail in with your estimated license tax payment.

Please use this form to make a CHANGE or REACTIVATE your license if within 5 years of expiration.

From a residential home in the City of Pleasanton - *Print the PDF document and mail in with the Business license tax application            ZONING HOME OCCUPATION
From a commercial location in the City of Pleasanton - *Print the PDF document and mail in with the Business license tax application          Commercial Zoning Form         
Complete ONLY if operating from a residence in the City of Pleasanton requesting a Cottage Food Operation and mail to the PLANNING DEPT.             Cottage Food Zoning Application




WE’D LIKE YOUR INPUT! The City of Pleasanton is interested in hearing from Business License holders if an online portal that connects local businesses to share products and services would be advantageous. A brief survey is available on the City’s website at under the Government/Economic Development tab.


AB1379 was imposed by the state to increase the $1 state mandate fee to $4.00 for licensing years 2018 thru 2023. The State of California enacted SB1186 (Dutton; Special access: liability) in 2012 which imposed a $ 1.00 State fee on every applicant for a local business license or renewal (including all in-city commercial and home-based, all exempts, all non-profits, landlords, out -of-city, and all contractors) and is required to be collected by all cities and counties throughout California, including the City of Pleasanton.  

This law requires that you be provided the following notices: 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:

    SB205 STORMWATER DISCHARGE COMPLIANCE. Any business required to obtain a storm water permit under the federal Clean Water Act through enrollment with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program must complete the companion NPDES Permit Enrollment Verification Form. Failure to demonstrate required enrollment within 90 days of applying can result in the denial of such business license application or renewal for insufficient information as required under PMC §§5.08.020 and 5.08.030.