Business Licensing

Business Hours

The City of Stockton welcomes you, and we recognize the value and importance of a strong and varied business community. Starting a new venture can be challenging; We are here to help. 


  • Stockton Municipal Code - Section 5.04.040
    • No person shall engage in any profession, trade, calling, occupation, or business without first having procured a license.
    • Self-employed persons and independent contractors are also required to pay the Business Tax.


SizeUp Stockton is a market research and development tool that is available at no cost to local businesses to help them succeed by making data-supported decisions. 


Obtaining a Business License

The easiest way to obtain a business license is to complete the required application below. While each endeavor may have its own situation, it is essential to do research before applying. Some applications may require additional approval from other city and state departments. 


A business license application may be submitted via mail, email, or in person at the City of Stockton Community Development located at 345 N. El Dorado Street Stockton, CA 95202.



Business licenses are renewal forms are mailed to you prior to expiration, and payments are due within 30 days of the license expiration date. Penalties apply for payments received after 30 days

If you need further assistance in applying for a Business License, please contact us via phone at 209-937-8313 or by email


Business License Applications & Forms


Disability Access and Education Fee - SB 1186

On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed SB-1186 adding a state fee of $4 on any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal.


This fee helps:

    • increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements
    • develops educational resources for businesses to comply with federal and state disability laws.

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious responsibility for all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. Learn more about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws in the External Links below.


External Links

California Commission on Disability Access 

California Department of General Services - Division of State Architect



This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 7/21/2023