New Online Business License Renewal System


Starting this year, most business licenses in Alameda can be renewed online at and payments can be made using Visa, Mastercard or Discover.  The license renewal is due July 1, 2013.  Payments received after July 31, 2013 will be considered past due, and penalties will be levied.


This new online offering is part of to the City’s ongoing efforts to reduce paper consumption and minimize the number of car trips people must make to City Hall. Additionally, the online processing fee is only $5.00, as opposed to the traditional $20.00. This not only saves businesses money, it saves City staff time in processing and data entry.


An annual business license is required for anyone doing business in the City of Alameda, including people who work out of their homes.  Licenses are valid for one year, July 1 through June 30, and must be renewed yearly.


If you have recently relocated your business within Alameda’s city limits, you must complete a zoning clearance form here, which is reviewed by zoning and fire safety officials.  For change in ownership, the new owner must fill out a new business license application, available in the Finance Department Office at City Hall. These forms will be available online in the near future.


If you have not received your renewal notice by the end of June, or if you have additional questions about a business license or renewal, please contact the Finance Department at (510) 747-4851.