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Starting a Business

Business Approval Process

The business approval process begins at Pleasanton’s one-stop Permit Center where the City’s Planning, Building and Engineering divisions are located. While all businesses have specific elements that make them unique, most will follow this general process

  1. Zoning Approval
  2. Development Review
  3. Plan Check Review

Learn more about our permitting here.

Available Commercial Space

Pleasanton’s progressive commercial environment provides a range of real estate offerings to accommodate a mixture of established and emergent industry clusters and is conveniently located near freeway exits, major roadway arterials and transit.

  • Many of Pleasanton’s companies are located in the city’s six commercial centers
  • Look for current spaces available through LoopNet
  • Visit local commercial brokerage sites
  • Contact the Economic Development Department at (925) 931-5042

Leading companies that have made a home in Pleasanton include Safeway, Workday, Oracle, Clorox, Kaiser Permanente, Roche Molecular Systems and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Equally important to the city’s solid economic base are small and medium-sized companies and an expanding entrepreneurial network.


Pleasanton offers more than 13.5 million square feet of Class A, Class B and Flex office space, in a variety of settings that meet the needs of business in many industry clusters. Our premium office space is cost competitive in the Bay Area making Pleasanton a high value location.


Pleasanton provides business opportunity in more than 2.7 million square feet of industrial space in locations throughout the city.


The city’s 5 million square feet of retail space is located in neighborhood centers:

Opening Your Business

As you prepare to open the doors of your business in Pleasanton, we’ve made getting a business license easy. Based on gross receipts, the annual fee is a minimum of $25 and grows as the revenues from a company grow. To obtain a business license, visit the Permit Center or find Business License information and an application online.