Business License

Business License FAQ


  • How do I get a Business License?
      • Choose the correct application(s) based on the business location (see below). Please read all the information provided before filling out the application(s).
      • Print out the application(s).
      • Be sure that all information is filled in, especially the business start date and owner information.
      • Sign the completed application(s) and return by mail or in person with the appropriate fee. We are currently unable to process applications electronically.
      • After the application is processed and approved, the Business License will be sent to the mailing address listed on the business license application.

  • Who needs a City of Modesto Business License?
    • Anyone that conducts business in the Modesto city limits is required to have a Business License.

  • What applications are required?
      • If business is conducted from a residence home within the Modesto city limits, you will need a Business License Application Home Business Permit and Agreement.
      • If business is conducted from a commercially zoned location within the Modesto city limits, you will need a Business License Application.
      • If business is conducted from an area within the Modesto city limits, but the office is located outside of Modesto, you will need an Outside Business License Application.

  • Are there any other requirements?
    • Businesses with permanent locations in the Modesto city limits must meet Zoning and Fire regulations. Contact the Zoning Department at 577-5279 and the Fire Prevention Bureau at 571-5553 for further information.

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