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 and
  • 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 states 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:


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 using the External Links below.


External Links

California Department of General Services - Division of the State Architect

Department of Rehabilitation 

California Commission on Disability Access 

Stockton Municipal Code - Business License and Regulations

Stockton Municipal Code - Chapter 3.28 Transient Occupancy Tax

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 10/16/2017