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Fresno, CA 93721
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Opening a new business? Congratulations! Applying for your Fresno City business tax certificate just got easier!

The City of Fresno does not issue a business license. All Fresno businesses are required to obtain a business tax certificate and to keep the certificate current by paying the appropriate business tax. You can apply for your tax certificate online, by mail, or in person.

Fresno’s online business tax certificate application is now available!
Once you submit your online tax certificate application, you will receive a response from the City of Fresno Business Tax Division within two working days.

To apply by mail, you may access our printable business tax certificate application.
Please mail the application with payment of the $11.00 processing fees to the P.O. Box mailing address on the application.

You may also file your tax certificate application in person at our public counter in Fresno City Hall (Tulare and P St). If you file in person, normally you will receive your tax certificate during that same visit. Our office is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any other questions, you may call Business Tax Customer Service at (559) 621-6880.

Welcome to the City of Fresno Business Tax Division web page! We hope the information you find here will be helpful to you in your business operations.

To give the people of the Fresno the best every day, the City of Fresno Business Tax Division:

  • Supports public health and safety by collecting tax revenue to fund city-wide services like street maintenance, police, fire, and other emergency services
  • Encourages business to do its part to preserve Fresno’s status as an All-American City by complying with Fresno Municipal tax code
  • Assists new businesses in completing the steps necessary to begin successful operations
  • Protects and serves the citizens of Fresno by regulating permits for various industries and occupations
  • Provides information on local businesses for consumers and potential customers

From this page, you may access information about how to start your own business, apply for a business tax certificate, pay your tax payment online, start the approval process for business permits, download formslook up information about existing businessesview new business license recipients or use our Business Directory. Our Frequently Asked Questions section has useful answers to many common questions. Or you may contact our Customer Service division at (559) 621-6880 or businesstax@fresno.gov.

SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING STATE LAW SB1186

Under state law SB1186, effective January 1, 2013, the City of Fresno is required
to collect a $1.00 fee from local businesses on behalf of the State of California.
This $1.00 fee will be collected each time a business applies for a tax certificate
or renews any tax certificate issued by the City of Fresno Business Tax Division.

For more information about how the fee affects your City of Fresno tax returns,
please check the FAQs at this link:
Fresno SB1186 FAQs