THE APPLICATION IS FOR A CITY OF RIVERSIDE BUSINESS LICENSE NOT A COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE BUSINESS LICENSE. COUNTY # (951) 955-1000. IF YOU PROCEED, APPLICATION(S) WILL
BE ACCEPTED AS DOING BUSINESS IN THE CITY OR WITH THE CITY
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET STARTED
Please be advised: If you plan to conduct or engage in business within in the City limits a business license is required. When doing business with the City, please refer to the terms and conditions outlined in the
contract and/or purchase order agreement regarding any requirements for obtaining City business license. As to business conducted within the City, whether your business establishment is located within
or outside of the City, every such sale, service or other transaction shall be deemed to have occurred within the City for purposes of the business tax (RMC 5.04.010).
It is important to verify you are conducting or engaging in business within in the City limits of Riverside: Please click here, enter the business address for your establishment or where you
intend to conduct or engage in business activites. Business Improvement District Fees may apply for those located in the Arlington and Downtown neighborhoods.
If your business establishment lies within the City of Riverside boundaries or your business will be conducting or engaging in business activities with a business located within the City of Riverside boundaries
(including City Departments), please continue with the application.
1. The business start date is the FIRST day you start doing business in the city of Riverside.
Note: If you do not intend on operating your business within the next 14 days we recommend you wait until you have a firm start date to avoid possible penalties, unless you require a permit to operate.
2. The business tax is an annual fee and will expire twelve (12) months from your business start date.
3. Municipal Code Section 5.04.210 Business Tax- When Payable states, “All annual business taxes shall be due and payable in advance on or before the expiration date of the then current business tax
certificate OR on or before the first day of business for any new business.
Please allow five (5) to seven (7) business days for your application to be processed. Once processed we will send an email notifying you of the amount due and instructions on how to make your
payment on-line. Business Tax Certificates are issued 30 days from the payment processing date. If you need your Business Tax Certificate sooner, please visit our office, located at the City Hall, to pay in
cash and receive your certificate the same day.