Required Business Licenses-Registrations

Starting a business triggers licenses-registrations from City, County, State, and Federal agencies.

Review the list below to see which licenses-registrations might be required. Then go to our online permit tool, petalumaopencounter.com, to find out which City of Petaluma permits you might need and estimate fees.

The State of California’s CalGold website also can help you find out what licenses-registrations will be required based on the type of business you want to operate.

Business License / Tax Certificate

City of Petaluma Finance Department
Register your business in the City of Petaluma and pay business tax.
REQUIRED FOR ALL BUSINESSES PRIOR TO STARTING YOUR BUSINESS

DETAILS

  • Issued over the counter or by mail. Cost is $45 for the first year and then $.16 for every $1,000 of gross sales every year thereafter.
  • Permit requires approval by planning to assure business use complies with zoning rules (also required for established business moving locations)
  • Massage Therapists must provide copy of California Massage Therapy Council certification.

Massage Registration

City of Petaluma Police Department
California Massage Therapy Council certification is required to practice massage in Petaluma. Registration with the Police Department is also required.

DETAILS

  • Massage practitioners who are employed by a business must be registered with Police Department by their employer.
  • Sole practitioners must register with Police Department and pay a fee.
  • Business that provide massage services must register with the Police Department and also register all employees who practice massage. A background check is required for all massage businesses that are not certified by the California Massage Therapy Council certification.

Taxi Requirements

City of Petaluma Police Department
An annual permit required to drive a taxicab in the City of Petaluma.

DETAILS

  • Taxi permits involve filling out an application, getting fingerprinted, and being drug tested administered by an outside party.
  • City fees include a fingerprint fee and an application processing fee payable to the Police Department. Permit applicants must also pay drug testing fees.
  • Taxi permits are valid for one year.
  • Click here for new applications and here for renewals.

Solicitor Requirements

City of Petaluma Police Department
A permit is required to operate as a solicitor/peddler in the City of Petaluma.

DETAILS

    • Solicitor permits involve completing application and getting fingerprinted.
    • City fees include a fingerprint fee and an application processing fee payable to the Police Department.
    • Taxi permits are valid for 120 days.
    • Click here for new Solicitor Permit applications and here for renewals.

Adult Care Licenses

California Department of Social Services
Required for Adult Care facilities


Elderly Care Licenses

California Department of Social Services
Required for Elderly Care facilities


State Business Registration

California Secretary of State Business Programs Division
This Division of the Secretary of State registers and authenticates business entities and trademarks


Import/Export Regulations

US Customs & Border Protection
Individuals or businesses that import and/or export raw materials or finished products should refer to the US Customs & Border Protection site


Professional Licenses

California Department of Consumer Affairs
This state department issues licenses in more than 100 business and 200 professional categories


Contractor License

Contractors State License Board
License required for contractors


Sales Tax / Resale Permit

California State Board of Equalization
This department administers California’s sales and use, fuel, alcohol, tobacco, and other taxes and collects fees.


Food Inspections and Permits

County of Sonoma Department of Health Services
Permits are required for commercial and home-based food manufacturing


Body Art Practitioner and Facility Registration

County of Sonoma Department of Health Services
Body art practitioners and body art facilities (including temporary facilities) must register and are subject to inspections


Liquor License

California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Any permanent or temporary business that produces or sells alcohol is subject to the licensing and inspection requirements of the ABC