A shelter-in-place order is in effect for all Alameda County residents. City facilities are closed and non-essential meetings and events are cancelled.  Find more information here.

In order to do business in Albany, you need to obtain a Business License.  License applications are available at the Finance Department at City Hall located at 1000 San Pablo Avenue. 

Plan on getting the license within 15 days of commencing business in order to avoid late penalties and interest.  City staff will assist you through this process which may require approval from Community Development and Environment Services, Building Inspection, and Fire Department.  

If you have ceased doing business in the City, please complete a Request to Cease Business License form and return it to the Finance Department along with the original copy of your most current Business License.

Additional information is provided in the City of Albany Municipal Code, Chapter V.

Types of Business License:
  • Albany Business
  • Non Albany Contractors/Other Business
  • PO Box Address
  • Rental Property
  • Home Occupation
  • Massage Establishment
  • Taxicab


  • Are there interest and penalties associated with late payment?
  • Can I have two businesses under one license?
  • Do I need a Business License if I am participating in a one-day event?
  • Do I need a Business License if I only have a part-time business in Albany?
  • How can I pay for my Business License?
  • How do I get a business license?
  • How long do I have to get a business license?
  • How much does a Business License cost?
  • What forms are required to get a Business License?
  • What if I am no longer operating a business in Albany?
  • When does my business license expire?
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