If you are planning on starting a business located in the City of Mountain View or conducting business within the City's limits, you must first confirm with the Community Development Department-Planning Division at (650) 903-6306 that your type of business is permitted or allowed at the desired location. For information about Mountain View's Municipal Codes and Enforcement, please read the provisions under Chapter 18 - Licenses.
To read up on the City of Mountain View's minimum wage law, please click here.
NAICS Code and Mountain View Code
Before beginning the application, please find the correct North American Industry Classification System (NAICS, pronounced Nakes) 6-digit code and Mountain View Business Description 4-digit code for your business.
Fill Out the Application and Sign
Mobile Vendors: Please print a copy of the Mobile Vending Checklist and the Instructions for Mobile Vending's Certificates of Insurance. ALL items need to be completed and turned in with your applications before a license will be issued. For more information, read the FAQs for Mobile Vending, then fill out the online application and the Mobile Vending Application.
Chapter 15 of the Municipal Code discusses this further.
Submit the Application
Once the application(s) are completely filled out and signed, please submit the application(s) and all additional required forms and pay related fees by visiting the Finance and Administrative Services Department, located on the 2nd Floor of the City Hall building, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041. Please call (650) 903-6317 if you have questions.
Issuance of License
At the time that you file the application and pay the required Business License Fee in the Finance Department you will receive a receipt verifying payment. Your City of Mountain View License will be mailed to you after all appropriate City Departments have reviewed your application. This could take up to two (2) weeks. You should not operate the business until all City requirements are met.