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Sacramento County issues business licenses to regulate businesses operating in the unincorporated area of the County (the areas of the County not within city limits) to promote improved enforcement of ordinances that protect the public and prevent nuisances and neighborhood disturbances. The license is not a business tax and is not based on business revenue.
There are several types of business license:
General Business Licenses are issued to businesses based in the after a review of the business activities at the specific location (street address) and the land use zoning of the property. All businesses based in the unincorporated area require a General Business License except for the following, which are EXEMPT:
Special Business Licenses are required for individuals performing certain types of business activities within the unincorporated area of Sacramento even if the business is based within a City or outside the County. The Sheriff's Department issues Special Business Licenses after a background review of the owners. In addition to Special Business Licenses, employees who engage in certain activities will require an Employee Permit.
Tobacco Retailer Licenses are required for businesses in the unincorporated area that sell any tobacco products and/or tobacco paraphernalia. This license is required in addition to other County business licenses, and is in addition to the State of California tobacco retailer registration.