Business Licenses

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The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration website ( has specific information about the programs that the state administers, how to register for permits and licenses, and how to file and report correctly. The CalGold website ( assists business owners in finding the appropriate information for their businesses including contact information for the various agencies that administer and issue permits.

California SB205

On October 2, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 205 (SB205) into law. SB205 intends for businesses to demonstrate enrollment with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with environmental laws at the following agencies:

More information may be found under General Business License Application.

Notice of Revised Business License Tax

The business license tax structure was significantly altered by a ballot measure approved by voters on November 6, 2018. The tax now has a progressive structure based on the number of employees effective as of October 1, 2019.

Notice of Wage Theft Ordinance

Effective January 1, 2023

The Wage Theft Ordinance was adopted by Mountain View City Council on September 13, 2022. This ordinance applies to all businesses in the City of Mountain View which are required to have a business license and requires a completed Wage Theft Affidavit to be submitted.

Learn more about the Wage Theft Ordinance.

Notice for Business Licenses Issued

AB 3002 and SB 748 require cities issuing building permits for commercial construction or issuing any business licenses to make available the following information regarding compliance with disability access provisions and legal obligations to comply under State and Federal laws:

Notice for Permits Issued for All Properties

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