Do you need a City of Richmond business license?
Yes, all businesses operating within the City limits of Richmond (including subcontractors and landlords) must have a business license as required under the City’s Municipal Code. Application forms are located on the Business License section of the City’s website at:
The City has established various zoning regulations, which control the location and operation of all commercial activity. You should consider checking with the Planning Department at (510) 620-6705 before purchasing property or signing lease agreements.

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1. When will I get paid for doing business with the City?
2. Who should I contact regarding status of an outstanding invoice?
3. What can I do to help expedite payment of an invoice?
4. Can a vendor pick up a check from City Hall?
5. Do I contact the City of Richmond for garbage/refuse liens?
6. How do I start a business?
7. Do you need a City of Richmond business license?
8. How do I get a license?
9. How much does it cost? When are monies due?
10. How do I pay a Business/Rental License online?
11. Do state licensed contractors require a license?
12. What are license monies used for?