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Background

The City of San Bruno requires all entities operating a business or providing a service within the City's limits remit a tax as approved by the City's voters in November 1999.  Business tax certificates are issued for revenue purposes only and are not a reliable verification that a business is in compliance with various local, state or federal laws or regulations. Business taxes are due when the application is submitted and again every July 1.

Starting a business in San Bruno

Step 1: File one of the following forms at San Bruno Finance Department - Business Licenses Division. If you have any questions, contact Business Licenses at (650) 616-7083.

1. In-Town/Home Based Business Application (see below for additional instructions)

2.  Out-of-Town Contractor Application (for businesses with no fixed place in San Bruno)

3.  Apartment/Rooming House Rentals Application

4.  Commercial Property Rentals Application

5.  Credit Card Authorization Form


Instructions for In-Town/Home Based Business:

Step 1: To complete the In-Town/Home Based Business Application, you will need to obtain approval from the San Bruno Community Development Department regarding Zoning Conformance.  Please direct all questions regarding Zoning Conformance or Home Occupation permits to the San Bruno Community Development Department at (650) 616-7074.

In addition, please review the Schedule of Taxes to complete the Business Tax Calculation section of the application.

Step 2: Practitioner/businesses that will operate under a different name must file a Fictitious Business Name Statement (DBA) with the San Mateo County Assessor or supply a copy of State of California papers certifying the fictitious name and ownership - County Clerk - Recorder's Office.

Step 3: Obtain a Seller's Permit/Resale Number for California (if applicable) by contacting the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration customer service center at (800) 400-7115.

Note: Completion of In-Town/Home Based Business application may require a copy of Fictitious Business Name Statement and Seller's Permit/Resale Number, as applicable. If you are unsure whether this applies to you, please contact Business License at (650) 616-7083.

Helpful Links to get you started

Starting a New Business in San Bruno - a listing of various agencies

San Bruno Chamber of Commerce   - independent organization of San Bruno businesses

DISCLAIMER: Business Tax certificates are issued without verification that the applicant is subject to or exempted from licensing from the State. It does not relieve the applicant from the responsibility of complying with the requirements of any other department of the city and/or any other ordinance, law, or regulation of the City of San Bruno, State of California, or any other governmental agency. Issuance of a certificate does not confirm compliance with planning (zoning), building, or public safety (police and fire) regulations. The applicant is responsible to secure all required permits. The City must be notified of any changes in ownership or address of the business, or any business closures.