Business Licensing

The Business License Tax Division ensures businesses operating within the City of Stockton comply with the Stockton Municipal Code Business and Rental Tax requirements:.

  • Using field enforcement and multiple lead sources including the State Board of Equalization, fictitious business names, inter-governmental referrals, and citizen reports/complaints.
  • Generating additional revenue for the General Fund, which provides police and fire protection, street maintenance, libraries, parks, and other City services. 


City of 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.



To obtain a Business License:

  1. Complete a Business License Application.
  2. Mail, fax, or deliver the completed application to Administrative Services, Business License Division.


Business License Applications & Forms


Disability Access and Education Fee (SB 1186)

On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186 which adds a state fee of $1 on
any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof.


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 that applies to 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 the State Architect

Department of Rehabilitation 


This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 1/8/2018