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Can I get a newspaper rack removed
You can file an complaint, and our Code Enforcement Officer will investigate to see if the required permits have been obtained and are up-to-date.


Phone: 650-738-7343

Can I put up a sign for a yard/garage sale?
You can not post on telephone poles, directional poles, or other City property.

Do I need a license to work from home?
Yes.  You will need to obtain both a business license, as well as a Home Occupation Permit.  These can be obtained from the finance department.

170 Santa Maria
Pacifica
CA 94044

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How do I find out about bidding for city contracts
Legal ads are put in the Pacifica Tribune, our local newspaper.  Contact info, including the department within the City that is handling the bids, should be within the ad.

How much does a business license or permit cost?
The license tax is determined by the business classification, the minimum being $40.00 per year.  This is pro rated to one half after May 1 each year since our Business License year ends on October 31 each year.  If the business is operated out of the home a Home Occupation Permit is also required.  This is a one-time fee of $180.00 and if the applicant is not the owner of the home a letter of permission is required from the landlord.  Each year when the License is renewed the minimum license tax, which is shown on the renewal form, plus the tax for gross receipts over $25,000 is due.  After November 30 each year there is a 10% per month late fee added to the license tax. 

170 Santa Maria Avenue
Pacifica
CA 94044

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

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I want to hold an outdoor / open-air event... do I need a permit?
If you are having a block party, you must contact the Police Department at 650-738-7314.  If you are planning a carnival or similar event, you must contact the Planning Department at 650-738-7341.

I want to sell goods or services at an event in the city.
This would depend to an extent on the event.  We do not require vendors at the Fog Fest, for example, to obtain a Business License.  However, you should check with City Hall in advance of any event to ensure compliance with  the Municipal Code.

170 Santa Maria Avenue
Pacifica
CA 94044

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

City Hall

Is there retail and commercial space available in Pacifica?
Please refer to our Retail / Commercial Space Available list to find contact information for property owners or managers that have space for development, rent, sale or lease.


Retail / Commercial Space Available

What are my responsibilities for the sidewalk outside my business
The sidewalk that is directly adjacent to the property is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain. 

What is a conditional use permit?
A Conditional Use Permit is a Planning permit for a particular use at a specific location.  It is granted by the Planning Commission after a public hearing is conducted.

What is a certificate of occupancy?
A Certificate of Occupancy is a form that is completed when a brand new building has been completed.  It certifies that the building is compliant with building codes and other laws.  These can be obtained from the Planning and Building office with appropriate notice. 

1800 Francisco Blvd.
Pacifica
CA 94044

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What programs exist for minority or women owned businesses.
The City of Pacifica has no programs available for minority or women owned businesses.  There may be opportunities through the State or Federal Governments and applicants should investigate what may be available through these sources.

170 Santa Maria Avenue
Pacifica
CA 94044

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

City Hall