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Business Tax Certificate Requirements

This page provides an FAQ for the City of Oakland's Business Tax Certificate.

WELCOME! 

This page was developed to provide the business community with information regarding Business Tax requirements. 

  
WHO IS REQUIRED TO FILE? 

  • All persons conducting business within the City of Oakland. Included are commercial/industrial and residential rental property owners, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, service companies, self-employed persons, independent contractors and businesses conducted within one's home, and non-profit organizations. 
  • If your business office is located in Oakland, you need to obtain a zoning clearance from the Zoning Division prior to commencing your business. 

They can be contacted using the information above. 

HOW TO APPLY?
When applying, please allow yourself enough time to complete your transaction. Taxpayers are assisted on a first come, first serve basis. Staff will make every attempt to assist you as quickly as possibleFor applications, click here or the online link to "Applications & Instructions" above.

WHAT AM I REQUIRED TO PAY? 
With your initial application, you are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of $91. This includes the mandatory State Mandated Disability Access and Education Revolving Fund fee of 1.00, and $2.00 City Recordation & Technology Fee. In addition, you may elect to furnish a first year estimated tax base and pay a first year estimated tax.

HOW OFTEN AM I REQUIRED TO PAY? 
Business Tax must be paid ANNUALLY, not later than March 1st of each year. It is the taxpayer's responsibility to renew the business tax on time. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL TO COMPLY?
Failure to comply with the business tax ordinance requirements is a misdemeanor violation. A notice of violation and/or citation may be issued. A lien is filed on rental property. The address to register and pay business tax (in person or by mail) is listed above. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, ATM and ATM check cards accepted. 


This page does not constitute final or complete interpretation of all legal requirements that may apply to your particular type of business. There are other taxes and/or fees that may apply. Please give complete and accurate information when submitting your application.