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Home Business License/Fees

Find fees for a Home Business. Note: Please read all information before filling out the

Home Business License Application (PDF) and Home Business Agreement (PDF).

A Home-based business is operated from a residence in the City limits of Modesto. Both the Home Business License Application and the Home Business Agreement (HBA) Forms must be submitted with applicable fees in order to process your Business License Application.

The business license fees are based on the annual gross receipts of the business.

  • If gross receipts are more than $2000 per year, the fee is based on the month the business is started. Use the chart to figure out the amount due.

Home Business License Fees

Start MonthFee + Deposit + AB1379Total Due
July$75.00 + $100.00 + $4.00$179.00
August$68.75 + $100.00 + $4.00
September$62.50 + $100.00 + $4.00
October$56.25 + $100.00 + $4.00
November$50.00 + $100.00 + $4.00$154.00
December$43.75 + $100.00 + $4.00$147.75
January$37.50 + $100.00 + $4.00$141.50
February$31.25 + $100.00 + $4.00$135.25
March$25.00 + $100.00 + $4.00$129.00
April$18.75 + $100.00 + $4.00$122.75
May$12.50 + $100.00 + $4.00$116.50
June$6.25 + $100.00 + $4.00$110.25

  • If gross receipts are less than $2,000 per year, the fee is $20.00 per fiscal year.
  • Please note, if you choose a minimum license and go over $2,000 in gross receipts, you will receive an invoice for the Mill tax, DID tax (if applicable), deposit and the difference in the license fees.

License Expiration Date

The business license year begins July 1st and ends June 30th. Business licenses expire June 30th. The renewal fee is billed on the Declaration of Gross Receipts form for period ending June 30th (see schedule) and due by July 31st, unless otherwise noted.

Mill and DID Taxes

In addition to the business license fee, you will receive quarterly Declaration of Gross Receipts forms as follows:

Period EndingTime PeriodDue Date
September 30thJuly, August, SeptemberOctober 31st
December 31stOctober, November, DecemberJanuary 31st
March 31stJanuary, February, MarchApril 30th
June 30thApril, May, JuneJuly 31st

Mill tax rate for home-based businesses grossing over $2,000 per year is 2 mil (.002).

Sample Calculation

$5,000 gross receipts * .002 (mil tax rate) = $10.00 due

Late Penalties  

A 5% penalty per month (up to a maximum of 25%) will be levied on the Mil tax, DID tax and license fee if payment is not paid in our office or postmarked by the post office by the Last Day to Pay.

Deposit Refunds

  • If gross receipts are filed quarterly, a refund may be requested after 2 consecutive full fiscal quarters of operation are paid by due date, or
  • If gross receipts are filed annually, a refund may be requested after a full calendar year of operation.

To be eligible for the refund, all taxes and fees must be paid by the due date during the applicable time period. Refund requests must be made in writing.

If you cancel your license, the deposit will automatically be refunded after a final Declaration of Gross Receipts form is filed and all outstanding taxes and license fees paid.

Closing Your Business  

To close your license, a final Declaration of Gross Receipts form needs to be filed, reporting your final date of business, and all taxes and license fees paid.

License Changes

View our License Changes page to learn about how to move forward with various business license changes.