The Business License Fee Schedule determines the fee amount due based on the type and location of your business. The amount of Business License Fees assessed in the first year of business is prorated based on the quarter in which the business started. All Business Licenses expire at the end of each calendar year and pursuant to Chapter 18 of the City Code need to be renewed on an annual basis.
On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1186 which added a state fee of $1 on every application or renewal of a business certificate (or equivalent instrument) from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017. All cities and counties within California are required to collect the mandated state fees.
On October 11, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1379, effective January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2023, which increases this fee from $1 to $4.
The City of Mountain View's initial Business Certificate fee and Renewal fee includes the state fee. The $4 state fee is required to be added on to all payments received. The fee provides for the development of educational resources for the businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws.
Compliance with Disability Access
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 www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa
The Department of Rehabilitation at www.dor.ca.gov
The California Commission on Disability Access at www.ccda.ca.gov
You can obtain a copy of the full text of SB 1186 (Chapter 383, 2011-12) and AB 1379 (Chapter 667, 2017-18) from the California Legislative Information website at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.
For specific information on the amount of Business License Fee that is due for your business, please contact the Finance Department at (650) 903-6317.
Delinquency / Penalties
Any person who fails to file any required statement and / or pay the amount for the business license fee within thirty (30) days after it becomes due shall be subject to a penalty of ten percent (10%) of the fee amount for each thirty (30) day calendar month of delinquency to a maximum of fifty percent (50%), plus reasonable collection and legal costs.