Business License

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General business license information

The Finance Department issues Yuba City Municipal Business Licenses. Questions regarding business licenses can be directed to the Customer Service division, located in City Hall, [email protected] or by calling (530) 822-4618. Applications can be done online through the link below, or by submitting documents to Customer Service. If your business is located in the City of Yuba City, your application will need to be submitted to the Planning Department for zoning approval. Forms and information can be found below. 

The cost of the Business License is calculated based on gross receipts (depending on category) in addition to an annual administrative fee. However, there are some categories that have flat fees, such as licensed contractors pulling permits in Yuba City and transportation businesses.

A new Business License is valid from the start of the business to the end of the calendar year. Business License renewals are valid for one calendar year, January to December, with a grace period until mid-February for renewals.  Renewal affidavits are mailed out to active licenses between December 15th and January 1st, every year. 

New Businesses:

Apply Online Here!
Download fileBusiness License Checklist
Download fileHome Clearance Zoning Application

License Renewals:

Renewals have never been easier! Create an online profile here to start accessing your license with more ease, and process renewals online. Let us know when you're registered and we'll get your existing license linked. 

Renewal forms are processed at the end of December each year, with a due date in mid February. Renewal forms will be mailed to the mailing address on file for your license. Email notification is also sent at the end of the year.

Miscellaneous Information:

Download fileWaste Water Discharge Information

 All businesses operating in the City of Yuba City are required to have a business license – including businesses that operate from home.

For your convenience, the City of Yuba City provides a streamlined process for obtaining your business license. Most of your needs can be met at City Hall for the following departments:

  • Finance Department/Customer Service
  • Building/Planning
  • Code Enforcement

Assembly Bill 3002 went into effect on January 1, 2019, which provides information regarding disability access requirements and resources to business owners. To read the full notice please click on the notice in preferred language below:

AB3002Notice - English.pdf

AB3002Notice _KoreanP.pdf


Business licenses are valid for one calendar year – all licenses expire on December 31st

  • Licenses must be renewed annually
  • Failure to renew will result in penalties


  • Business licenses are approved for a specific location
  • Any move (change of address) will require a new application and review by appropriate departments
  • A license is issued to a specific owner
  • Change in ownership requires a new application

 Special Approval/Permits

  • Ambulances
  • Auctioneers
  • Auction Markets
  • Billiards
  • Bingo
  • Cabaret
  • Check Cashing Services
  • Food Services (including catering trucks)
  • Taxi Service
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Food Processors
  • Gun Dealers
  • Limousine Services
  • Massage Parlors
  • Massage Technician
  • Pawn Brokers
  • Private Security Service (Patrol)
  • Restaurants
  • Special Events
  • Businesses subject to National Categorical Pretreatment Standards
  •  Tattoo and Microblading

 Processing Time

  • Depending upon the type of business you are opening, your processing time may be 10 minutes or up to 10 days. For example, new commercial businesses in new commercial buildings need zoning, fire, planning, and code enforcement clearance. Established businesses from other Cities conducting business in our City can have their licenses processed within 10 minutes, under most circumstances.


  • 2021* Standard Base Service Fee/Administrative Fee - $50 per year, plus the following:
    • SB 1186 Fee - $4.00 per year

      Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies: The Division of the State Architect at The Department of Rehabilitation at The California Commission on Disability Access at

  • 2021* Contractor Service Fee (Licensed contractors pulling permits in Yuba City for all work) - $54 per year.
    • If contractor is not pulling permits in Yuba City, they will be required to report on gross receipts, and pay corresponding tax of 44 cents for every thousand dollars grossed in Yuba City. Only jobs reported on building permits are exempt from business license tax because the building permit charges the tax based on job value.
  • 2021* Transportation Service Fee - $46 for first vehicle, and $42 for each additional vehicle per year.
  • Tax Rate Classifications: (updated annually on Renewal Affidavit)
    • Manufacturer, Administrative Headquarters, Retail, and Wholesale businesses are taxed at $0.22 per thousand dollars of gross receipts per year.
    • Rental Residential Property, Rental of Non-Residential Property, Services, Recreation and Entertainment businesses are taxed at $0.44 per thousand dollars of gross receipts per year.
    • Professional businesses are taxed at $0.77 per thousand dollars of gross receipts per year.

*Fees update annually. Be sure to check with the business license staff if you do not see current year information posted.  

Fictitious Business Statement

California law requires that every person who regularly transacts business for profit in the state under a fictitious name must file and publish a Fictitious Name Statement. If you use you surname as the name of your business (and the business name does not suggest the existence of additional owners), you do not have to file a Fictitious Business Statement.

Filing a Fictitious Name Statement

  • Fictitious Name Statements are applied for and processed in the Sutter County Clerk’s office, located at:

    433 Second Street

    Yuba City, CA 95991

    (530) 822-7120

  • The fee for filing a Fictitious Business Name Statement is $24.00 for the first name including one owner on the statement, $5.00 for each additional business name and / or owner on the same statement at the same location. Abandonment or Withdrawal of a Fictitious Name is $20.25. The filing fee includes one certified copy. Additional certified copies are $2.00. Make checks payable to the Sutter County Clerk. Publication fee will vary with newspaper.
  • The Fictitious Name Statement expires five years from the date of filing, 40 days after any change in fact (except change of address of individual, general partner or trustee), or upon abandonment of name.



Checklist of items to consider when planning a new business

  • Correct Zoning
  • Appropriate Building
  • Adequate Parking
  • Tenant Improvements (permit required)
  • Signs – either new or changes (permit required)
  • Hazardous Materials (Building Dept., Fire Dept., County Hazardous Management Division)
  • Fictitious Business Name (County Clerk)
  • Sellers Permit/Resale Number (State Board of Equalization)
  • State Tax ID Number (Internal Revenue Service)
  • Food Handler’s Permit (County Health Department)
  • Any Special Federal, State or County Permits and/or Licenses which pertain to your business
  • City Business License (Required in each City where you conduct business and at each location within the City)
  • Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit

 Who to Call for Help:

 City of Yuba City

Business License - (530) 822-4618

Code Enforcement - (530) 822-4703

Building Department - (530) 822-4629

Fire Department   - (530) 822-4687

Planning Department - (530) 822-4700

Utilities Department - (530) 822-4639


State Departments

 Alcoholic Beverage Control

2400 Del Paso Road, Ste. 155

Sacramento, CA 95834

(916) 419-1319


Board of Equalization

450 N Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

(800) 400-7115

Sutter County

 Health Department

1130 Civic Center Blvd, Yuba City, CA 95991

(530) 822-7215


 County Clerk

433 Second Street, Yuba City, CA 95991

(530) 822-7120


Federal Departments

 IRS Taxpayer Service

1-800-829-4933 (Businesses)

1-800-829-1040 (Individual


For more information on obtaining
a Yuba City Business License, contact us: 

[email protected]
(530) 822-4618