Business License FAQs

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NOTE: If your question is not answered here or if you do not see mention of your topic, please reference the entire “Chapter 5: Business Licenses and Regulations” Municipal Code Ordinance or call the Planning Department at (209)385-6858 for application help or the Business License Department at (209)385-6843 for payment of fees. If you wish to visit us, both departments are located at the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th Street, Merced CA 95340.

Please be advised that some types of licenses may require final approval by City Council. Please reference the Municipal Code Section that pertains to your type of business, or call the Planning Department at (209)385-6858.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Do I need a license with Merced City if I currently have a license with the County?

  • How often is a license required to be renewed?

  • How will I know if my business can be conducted at the business address, and if any changes to the building will be needed?

  • I run a non-profit business. Do I need a business license?

  • I want to open a business using my home as my business location. What do I need to obtain permission to do so?

  • My business is growing and I’d like to open up another store on the other side of the City. Can I use the same business license?

  • What businesses do not need to obtain a business license?

  • What do I need to do for changes to existing licenses?

  • What fees do I pay to start my license?

  • What special approvals do I need for my business?

  • What special taxes and permits are required for my business?

  • When do I need a business license?