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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. 

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To submit a brand new business license, please email your completed application to:

** If you are applying for both a business license and a building permit, please submit both applications to the Building Department. For further instruction on submitting a building permit & license, please contact (925) 973-2580 or


To renew your license, or obtain a renewal form for your business, please email:


To make changes to your business license, or update your information, please submit a change of information form to

On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186 which adds a State fee 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. SB 1186 FEE ADDED TO TOTAL FEES. Effective January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2023, the fee is $4.


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.


Compliance with Disability Access Laws:

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