If you are planning on starting a business located in the City of Mountain View or conducting business within the City's limits, you must first confirm with the Community Development Department-Planning Division at (650) 903-6306 that your type of business is permitted or allowed at the desired location. For information about Mountain View's Municipal Codes and Enforcement, please read the provisions under Chapter 18 - Licenses.
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NAICS Code and Mountain View Code
Before beginning the application, please find the correct North American Industry Classification System (NAICS, pronounced Nakes) 6-digit code and Mountain View Business Description 4-digit code for your business.
Fill Out the Application and Sign
Mobile Vendors: Please print a copy of the Mobile Vending Checklist and the Instructions for Mobile Vending's Certificates of Insurance. ALL items need to be completed and turned in with your applications before a license will be issued. For more information, read the FAQs for Mobile Vending, then fill out the online application and the Mobile Vending Application.
Chapter 15 of the Municipal Code discusses this further.
Submit the Application
Once the application(s) are completely filled out and signed, please submit the application(s) and all additional required forms and pay related fees by visiting the Finance and Administrative Services Department, located on the 2nd Floor of the City Hall building, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041. Please call (650) 903-6317 if you have questions.
Issuance of License
At the time that you file the application and pay the required Business License Fee in the Finance Department you will receive a receipt verifying payment. Your City of Mountain View License will be mailed to you after all appropriate City Departments have reviewed your application. This could take up to two (2) weeks. You should not operate the business until all City requirements are met.
If you are interested in the listing of active businesses in Mountain View, click here. This report will be updated quarterly in January, April, July and October.
The Business License Fee Schedule determines the fee amount due based on the type and location of your business. The amount of Business License Fees assessed in the first year of business is prorated based on the quarter in which the business started. All Business Licenses expire at the end of each calendar year and pursuant to Chapter 18 of the City Code need to be renewed on an annual basis.
On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB 1186. This bill would impose, on and after January 1, 2013, and until December 31, 2018, an additional state fee of $1 on any applicant for a local business license or equivalent instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. Its purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction- related accessibility requirements and develop educational resources for business to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified.
For specific information on the amount of Business License Fee that is due for your business, please contact the Finance Department at (650) 903-6317.
Any person who fails to file any required statement and / or pay the amount for the business license fee within thirty (30) days after it becomes due shall be subject to a penalty of ten percent (10%) of the fee amount for each thirty (30) day calendar month of delinquency to a maximum of fifty percent (50%), plus reasonable collection and legal costs.
If there is a change of ownership, business name or location, you are required to obtain a new business license and are subject to any associated fees and approvals.
If your business is sold or discontinued, please complete the Declaration attached to the City of Mountain View Business License issued to you and return that portion to:
City of Mountain View
Finance & Administrative Services Department
500 Castro Street
PO Box 7540
Mountain View CA 94039-7540