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The City of San Ramon is known for an environment that makes living, working, and doing business a pleasure. This positive image is the result of high development standards, and commitment to create a pleasant, safe, and attractive surrounding for all residents, businesses, and property owners. The City's regulations and reviews ensure that those standards are applied to everyone equally in an effort to promote community harmony, health and safety, while at the same time recognizing those qualities that make each business unique.

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A business license is required for doing business in the City of San Ramon. Generally all persons conducting business in the City of San Ramon must first obtain a license unless the type of business is specifically exempted by ordinance. Licenses must be obtained upon starting business in the City and must be renewed annually. Assuming all other necessary approvals have been obtained, businesses may begin operation immediately after submitting their completed license application. The license, which must be posted at the place of business, will be mailed to the applicant within 30 days.

Effective January 1, 2013, a new State Mandated SB-1186 fee will be collected for each Business License and renewal. SB-1186: On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186 which adds a state fee of $1.00 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified.


To assist residents and local businesses in locating goods and services in the City of San Ramon, the Economic Development Division maintains the SHOP SAN RAMON FIRST web site. Listings are limited to licensed businesses physically located in the City of San Ramon and annual registration is required to ensure that we have accurate and up-to-date content for your business listing on the SSRFirst website. For more details about this free service, visit us at http://www.shopsanramonfirst.com

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A business license is not the only requirement. Read the following information to ensure that your business complies with the proper permits and procedures which have made the City of San Ramon an attractive and prosperous place to do business.  Please contact our Business License section at (925) 973-2510 if you need assistance.

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