Business License

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A business license is required of all businesses operating from a fixed location within the city limits of Rancho Cordova. Licensing is overseen by the Rancho Cordova Finance Department, which has the following application forms and detailed publications about eligibility and exemptions.

Business License information you may need:

City of Rancho Cordova Business Licenses

(916) 851-8737
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                                                                      Beginning September 17th, 2018 the City Hall cashier window will be closed from                                        12:00 pm to 1:00 pm for the lunch hour.

How much does it cost?

General business licenses are *$103. Some businesses require Special Business Licenses ($215), which may include a background check. Employee permits ($213) are required of some workers such as cab drivers and massage therapists. A rental property license is $81 and there is a $10 per unit housing stock fee. The Business License office has a complete list.

*On Oct. 11 2017, Governor Brown amended law SB-1186, which adds a state fee of $4on 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.

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

The Division of the State Architect:
The Department of Rehabilitation:
The California Commission on Disability Access:

How often must it be renewed?

Yearly. Late fees are assessed for overdue payments.

Are some businesses exempt?

In general, financial institutions (but not check cashing businesses), churches, libraries, and agriculture are exempt. Check with the Business License office to be sure.

Do home-based businesses require a business license?

Yes. There may be some restrictions on businesses in residential areas, related to traffic and other concerns. For this reason, licensing is required.

Are there additional requirements?

Depending on your business, additional permits may be required by the county and the state. These include:

County of Sacramento

  • Fictitious Business Name
  • Health Permits
  • Personal Property Tax for Business
  • Air Quality Permits

State of California

  • Alcohol Beverage License
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Resale/Sellers Permit
  • Employee Withholding and Regulations
  • Department of Consumer Affairs (state licensing for certain businesses and professions)

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