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Business License Online Application

City of Menlo Park -- NEW Business License Application
What you need to know to get started:

1. Business licenses are renewed on a calendar year basis during the month of January.

2. Business start date is the first date your business started in the city of Menlo Park.

3. Employee identification number is REQUIRED. Sole owner or partnerships are required to provide social security numbers for all owners/partners. LLC, Limited Partnership, Trust or Corporations are required to provide a FEIN or SEIN for the business.

4. If the business is located within the city, the Planning department will complete zoning review after the Finance department has reviewed the initial business license application. Zoning for Menlo Park based businesses must be approved prior to issuing a business license.

5. If the business is located on a residential property within the city, you must submit a Home Occupation Permit.

6. Payment will not be required until your application has been accepted. An email will be sent verifying the receipt of application. A follow up email will be sent within 10 business days containing the amount due and instructions how to make payment on-line.


Assembly Bill 3002 went into effect on January 1, 2019, which provides information regarding disability access requirements and resources to business owners. To read the full notice in English, click HERE. To view in other languages click HERE.