The City of Stockton welcomes you, and we recognize the value and importance of a strong and varied business community. Starting a new venture can be challenging; We are here to help.
SizeUp Stockton is a market research and development tool that is available at no cost to local businesses to help them succeed by making data-supported decisions.
The easiest way to obtain a business license is to complete the required application below. While each endeavor may have its own situation, it is essential to do research before applying. Some applications may require additional approval from other city and state departments.
A business license application may be submitted via mail, email, or in person at the City of Stockton Community Development located at 345 N. El Dorado Street Stockton, CA 95202.
Business licenses are renewal forms are mailed to you prior to expiration, and payments are due within 30 days of the license expiration date. Penalties apply for payments received after 30 days
If you need further assistance in applying for a Business License, please contact us via phone at 209-937-8313 or by email BL@stocktonca.gov
On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed SB-1186 adding a state fee of $4 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal.
This fee helps:
Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious responsibility for all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. Learn more about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws in the External Links below.
California Department of General Services - Division of State Architect
This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 7/21/2023