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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I print a copy of my business license?

Create an account profile at https://elicense.cityofsanrafael.org/Home/SignIn.  By logging into this profile, you can renew, close, or print documents from one or more linked business license accounts.

What is a business license?

A business license is a tax for doing business. The San Rafael Municipal Code requires that you obtain a license to conduct business within the city limits of San Rafael, even if your physical office is located outside city limits. A business license is not a permit. It is not evidence that the holder is qualified to operate the business or that the business is being conducted in compliance with applicable legal requirements.

Who is required to have a San Rafael business license?

Anyone who conducts business within San Rafael city limits must obtain a business license.

I am paid on a 1099 basis, not as a W2 employee. Do I need a business license?

Yes, if you are not paid as an employee, you are considered an independent contractor and are required to have a business license.

Does a non-profit organization need a business license?

Yes. However, the business license tax is waived upon presentation of proof that the business has a non-profit status.

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