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Business License

Business Licenses are 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 name 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.

The following procedure should be taken to obtain a business license: 
You can download a business license application from the Planning or Finance web page or obtain directly from thier offices.  Submit it to either office to begin the review process.  The business license application may be referred to other departments for thier respecitve review.   

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.

Effective January 1, 2013: In compliance with State Senate Bill 1186 Section 4465, the City of Merced will be collecting a $1.00 disability access fee from any applicant for a business license or equivalent instrument or permit, and from any applicant for the renewal of a business license or equivalent instrument permit.

“Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

The Division of the State Architect at
 http://www.turlock.ca.us/outsidelink.asp?link=http://www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home.aspx.

The Department of Rehabilitation at
 http://www.turlock.ca.us/outsidelink.asp?link=http://www.rehab.cahwnet.gov.

The California Commission on Disability Access at
http://www.turlock.ca.us/outsidelink.asp?link=http://www.ccda.ca.gov.” 



Do you owe use Tax?  More information can be found by following this link
http://www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/usetax250x300-banner.htm


CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BUSINESS LICENSE APPLICATIONS

Merced County Clerk
(Fictitious Business Name Statement)

2222 M Street
(Basement Floor)

209-385-7502


Merced
Flea & Farmer's Market 

(Saturday)


900 G Street


209-723-3796


Merced County Health Department (Environmental Health)


777 W. 22nd Street


209-381-1100


Merced County Public Health (Medical Health Permits, i.e., massage)


260 E. 15th Street


209-381-1010


Merced County Sheriff’s Dept.


700 W. 22nd Street


209-385-7555


Merced
County
Planning and Community Development Department


2222 M Street


209-385-7654


Merced County Dept. of Commerce, Aviation and Economic Development 
Attn:  Business Licenses


2222 M St 
Merced, Ca 95340


209-385-7686
www.co.merced.ca.us


State of California Employment Development (State Tax ID)



1205 W. 18th Street


1-888-745-3886  (w/employees)

FTB 1-800-852-5711
(w/o employees)


State of California Department of Consumer Affairs (Contractor/Handyman State License Board)


3374 E. Shields Ave.
, Room E-17, Fresno, CA 93726


1-800-321-2752
www.cslb.ca.gov


State of California Board of Equalization(Sales Tax Number)


5070 N 6th St, Suite 110 Fresno, Ca 93721


1-800-400-7115

1-559-248-4219


ABC – Alcohol Beverage Control


31 E. Channel Street
, Room 168, Stockton, CA 95202


209-948-7739


State Department of Social Services


1-559-243-4588


Internal Revenue Service
(Federal Tax ID Number)


1-800-829-1040


Day Care Licensing


1-559-243-4588


Children’s Services Network of Merced County


1701 “N” Street


209-722-3804


Certified Farmer's Market


P
romenade (Wednesday AM)
Downtown (Saturday AM)


Roseann Serrano
209-389-4323


Department of Alcohol & Drugs(Licensing for Rehab Programs)


916-445-0834


Secretary of State


916-653-6814

             
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