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If you are starting or conducting a business, or rendering services in the City of Mountain View, you must first complete a business license application.
IT IS THE OWNER/APPLICANT/AGENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO OBTAIN APPROVAL AND ANY NECESSARY PERMITS FROM THE CITY DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES, LISTED ON THE 2ND PAGE OF THE BUSINESS LICENSE APPLICATION, PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT OF THE BUSINESS.
For information about Mountain View's Municipal Codes and Enforcement, please read the provisions under Chapter 18 - Licenses.
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) by one of the following options:
- By mail: City of Mountain View, Attn: Finance Dept 2nd Floor - Business License, Post Office Box 7540, Mountain View, CA 94039-7540
- By E-mail at BusinessLicense@mountainview.gov
- In person by visiting 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
The Finance Department will process your application after payment has been received and will assign a business license number. The business license certificate will be mailed out in 15 business days to your mailing address on file. You should not operate the business until all City requirements are met.
Senate Bill 205 - Business Licenses: Stormwater Discharge Compliance
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The State of California’s “Stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP)” is a regulation that is intended to protect water quality. Some types of industrial activities are required to apply for coverage under the IGP, implement pollution controls, and complete monitoring and reporting requirements. As of January 1, 2020, businesses submitting a business license application that are subject to IGP requirements must provide proof of enrollment in the IGP program. A description of industrial facilities subject to the IGP, and a list of SIC codes subject to the IGP are provided below:
If your business operation is included in the primary SIC list and is subject to the IGP, provide the names and locations of all facilities with covered industrial operations, as well as one of the following: 1) Waste Discharge Identification Number (WDID) for coverage under the IGP; Notice of Non-Applicability (NONA); or No Exposure Certification (NEC) with your business license application. Please refer to the California State water Resources Control Board website link below for additional information about the IGP: