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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 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 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 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 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

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