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Business License
Business licenses area a form of taxation. A business license is necessary to insure the consumer that only legitimate businesses are operating and selling goods in Merced. As a business owner, you must obtain a business license whenever you:

· Establish or change location

· Become or change owners, or

· Change the names of your business

The license is only valid for the person and place to which it is issued. All businesses conducting business in the City need a business license, even temporary businesses. Contractors, retailers, service providers, apartment owners, and street vendors all need a business license.

 

Steps to Follow….

The following procedure should be taken to obtain a business license:

 

You can download a business license application from the Planning web page or contact the Planning Division at (209) 385-6858. The Planning Division can assist you in completing the form, as necessary. The Planning Department will determine if your proposed business is in the proper zoning district. They will also explain other review procedures for signing, remodeling, etc., and may refer you to Merced City Inspection Services for building/fire life safety requirements, Merced County Environmental Health Department, and/or the Merced City Police Department for their respective review process.

 

For example, certain businesses are of a sensitive nature and require approval by the Police Department before a business license can be issued. Businesses needing police review include, but may not be limited to: sale of alcoholic beverages, card room, pawn shop, secondhand dealers, sale of firearms, massage therapy, private patrols, alarm companies, pool tables, daycare centers, fortune tellers, carnivals, itinerant vendors, etc. For specific information, contact the Merced City Police Department at (209) 385-6912.

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