No, a business license cannot be transferred. As a new owner, you need to apply for a business license in your name.
FAQ Topic: Business licenses
The president, treasurer, and other officers of a corporation may be shareholders, but they are not the owners of the business for our purposes. We consider the corporation itself the owner of the business. Just send us a follow-up email to BLRenewal@cityofsanrafael.org with updated contact information.
Always check with the City’s Planning Division to verify that the new location is zoned properly for the intended use and whether a Use Permit or another type of approval is required. Please submit a new business license application for the new location. If you are registered with other government agencies such as the State Board … Continued
“Business tax certificate” is simply a more accurate term for what is commonly referred to as a “business license.” Our Finance Department collects business tax but does not regulate businesses; therefore, we are trying to minimize the use of the term “business license,” which suggests the granting of permission.
In order to save paper, postage, and staff time, we are no longer printing new certificates every time a license is renewed, unless there is a significant change such as a new business name or address. Our online registry displays expiration dates.
Third parties occasionally ask to see your business license. On the top of our main business license webpage, there is a business registry search feature that third parties can use to see if your San Rafael business license is current.
As of January 1, 2022, the City no longer mails paper renewal notices, but will continue to send renewal notices via email. However, it is your responsibility to renew your business license in a timely manner even if the renewal notice is not received. Penalties are assessed on delinquent accounts, regardless of whether you received … Continued
As indicated on the renewal notice, your renewal must be physically received by the City by the due date. We do not accept postmarks.
Annual renewals are due January 1 (unless you operate a financial institution, an insurance company, or a non-profit on a July – June renewal cycle). There is a 45-day grace period, after which penalties are assessed. If your payment was received after February 15, you were actually more than 45 days late.
Commercial locations are periodically visited by Fire Inspectors for compliance with life safety regulations. This fee covers the cost of these inspections. If you have additional questions about this fee, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau.