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Can I put up a sign on telephone poles
No.  You may not place signs on telephone poles.

Do I need a fire inspection for my business?
To determine whether a fire inspection is needed for your business, please call North County Fire Authority at 991-8138 for clarification.


Phone: 650-991-8138

Do I need a permit for a new swimming pool
Yes, and several departments within the City will be involved with the process.  To start the process, you will need to bring three (3) sets of plans to the Planning and Building office at 1800 Francisco Blvd., as well as fill out a Building Permit Application.

1800 Francisco Blvd.
Pacifica
CA 94044

Phone: 650-738-7344

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Do I need a permit for my business sign
You might.  It depends on several factors, such as the type of sign and the specific location of your business.  For example, if your sign is free-standing or electrical, it would be a different situation than simply having a wooden sign attached to the face of the building.  The best thing to do is call the Planning Department at 650-738-7341 and discuss your particular situation with one of our City Planners.

1800 Francisco Blvd.
Pacifica
CA 94044

Phone: 650-738-7341

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Do I need a permit to hold a block party?
Yes, you do.  Please call the Police Department at 650-738-7314.

Do I need a permit to practice massage therapy?
Yes, you do.  There are several types of permits that will be necessary to open this type of business in Pacifica.  The best thing is to discuss your plans with one of our City Planners, and they can advise you on what will be necessary in your situation.  Please call 650-738-7341 for the Planning Department.

1800 Francisco Blvd.
Pacifica
CA 94044

Phone: 650-738-7341

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How do I obtain a contractor’s license
Contractors are regulated by the State of California.  You can contact the State Licensing Board in Sacramento at 800-321-2752 or obtain information through their web site, www.cslb.ca.gov.    If your business is located here in Pacifica you would also need to obtain a Business License and, if the business is located at your home, a Home Occupation Permit.

170 Santa Maria Avenue
Pacifica
CA 94044

Phone: 650-738-7392
Fax: 650-738-7411

City Hall

How do I renew my contractor’s license
Through the State Contractors Licensing Board.  You can contact them at 800-321-2752 or through their web site, www.cslb.ca.gov

170 Santa Maria Avenue
Pacifica
CA 94044

Phone: 650-738-7392
Fax: 650-738-7411

City Hall

I am building a new house, what departments do I talk to
Please call the Planning and Building office at 650-738-7344 to get started. 

1800 Francisco Blvd.
Pacifica
CA 94044

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I am opening a restaurant, what permits and licenses do I need
You must check with the Planning Department to be sure the location is zoned for a restaurant.  If there is already, or has been in the recent past, a restaurant in that location this shouild not be an issue.  You would need to contact the San Mateo County Environmental Health Division, 650-372-6200, for clearance before opening.  You would also need to obtain a Business License from the City, and the Fire Department would have to make an inspection.

If you are doing business under a fictitious name you will need to file a fictitious name statement with the County Recorder's Office of the County of San Mateo, 650-363-4500.

You will also need to obtain a Seller's Permit from the State Board of Equalization, 800-400-7115.


170 Santa Maria Avenue
Pacifica
CA 94044

Phone: 650-738-7344
Fax: 650-359-5807

City Hall

I am opening a retail store, what business permits do I need
You need to check with the Planning Department first to make sure the address is zoned for the type of business you are going to operate.  You would then need to obtain a Business License from the City.  The necessary forms and general information can be downloaded from our web site, picked up at City Hall or mailed to you.

If you are doing business under a fictitious name you will need to file the fictitious name statement with the County Recorder's Office of the County of San Mateo, 650-363-4500.

If you are charging sales tax you will need to obtain a Seller's Permit from the State Board of Equalization, 800-400-7115.

170 Santa Maria Avenue
Pacifica
CA 94044

Phone: 650-738-7392
Fax: 650-738-7411

City Hall

I am remodeling my house what permits do I need
It depends on the work you are planning to do.  The best idea is to call the Planning and Building office at 650-738-7344 to find out how to get started.

1800 Francisco Blvd.
Pacifica
CA 94044

Phone: 650-738-7344

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I am starting a new business... what licenses do I need?
You will need to acquire a business license with the City of Pacifica in order to conduct business in Pacifica.  A business license application can be acquired here, in person at the Finance Department of City Hall, or by mail.

If you live in Pacifica and you do not have a brick-and-mortar storefront you will need to obtain a Home Occupation Permit.  Home based, Internet based and mobile businesses operated by Pacifica residents must apply for the Home Occupation Permit.

If you are doing business under a fictitious name you will need to file a fictitious name statement with the County of San Mateo, County Recorder's Office, 650-363-4713.  If you are selling goods at retail you will also need a Seller's Permit from the State Board of Equalization, 800-400-7115.



170 Santa Maria Avenue
Pacifica
CA 94044

Phone: (650) 738-7392
Fax: (650) 738-7411

City Hall
Business License Application Form

I need a license for the sale of alcohol
Please call the ABC Office (Alcoholic Beverage Control) at 415-356-6500. 


Phone: 415-356-6500

I need a license for the sale of beer and wine
Please call the ABC Office (Alcoholic Beverage Control) at 415-356-6500. 


Phone: 415-356-6500

I want to transfer my business to a new owner
Pacifica does not allow for the "transfer" of a business license.  The new owner(s) of the business will need to file a new application with the Finance Department.  New business license applications can be obtained here online, mailed to you or picked up from the Finance Department within City Hall.

170 Santa Maria Avenue
Pacifica
CA 94044

Phone: (650) 738-7392
Fax: (650) 738-7411

City Hall
Business License Application Form

Tell me about construction permits
There is too much information pertaining to this subject.  Please call the Building Department for information - 650-738-7344.


Phone: 650-738-7344

Where can I go for General Business Assistance
Information about licensing can be obtained from the Finance Department, Business License Division, of the City of Pacifica.  The Chamber of Commerce, 650-355-4122, www.pacificachamber.com may be of assistance, or the Small Business Administration, 800-827-5722, www.sba.gov.  For zoning issues contact the Planning Department of the City at 650-738-7344. 

170 Santa Maria Avenue
Pacifica
CA 94044

Phone: 650-738-7392
Fax: 650-738-7411

City Hall