Follow the link below to the Online Business License Application process. The type of business license you need depends on what you will be doing and where you will be doing it. The application is for three types of Sacramento County Business License:
- General Business License
- Special Business License
- Tobacco Retailer License
The answers to the application questions will determine which licenses will be required.
BEFORE you begin the application, if your business is located in Sacramento County check to see if your business is in a City by using the Parcel Viewer. Post Office Boxes and PMBs are not allowed as business locations - we must have the actual physical location of your primary place of business. If you can't determine if the location is in a City, please contact our office.
To learn more about each type of license, refer to the Tax Collection and Licensing Busness License page at (hyperlink)
Once registered, you can apply for licenses and pay through a secure link with Official Payments Corporation, our online payment provider. You will also be able to track your application through the review and approval process, and receive periodic email updates on major status changes to your application. Please note there is a convenience fee charged for use of a credit/debit card.
If you do not wish to apply online there are several other ways to apply for a Sacramento County Business License. You can apply in person at our public counter at 700 H Street, Room 1710, Sacramento CA 95814, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., phone the Business License Unit 24-hour automated phone system at (916) 874-6644 and request an application by mail, or by clicking the link for a printable form
The Business License Unit encourages you to contact Planning and Environmental Review at (916) 874-6221 to determine if the business activities at the proposed business site are allowed in that zone before submitting an application and paying the fee.
Continue to the Online Business License application entry page