The information below is taken from the City of Stockton, CA website
The Business License Tax Division ensures businesses operating within the City of Stockton comply with the Stockton Municipal Code Business and Rental Tax requirements:.
- Using field enforcement and multiple lead sources including the State Board of Equalization, Fictitious Business Names, inter-governmental referrals, and citizen reports/complaints and
- Generating additional revenue for the General Fund, which provides police and fire protection, street maintenance, libraries, parks, and other City services.
City of Stockton Municipal Code Section 5.04.040 states no person shall engage in any profession, trade, calling, occupation, or business without first having procured a license. Self-employed persons and independent contractors are also required to pay the Business Tax.
To obtain a Business License:
Business License Applications & Forms
Disability Access and Education Fee (SB 1186)
On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186 which adds a state fee of $1 on
any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof.
This fee helps:
- increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements
- develops educational resources for businesses to comply with federal and state disability laws.
Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public.
Learn more about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws using the External Links below.
Business License Categories and Fees
An annual registration tax applies for each license, and, depending on the business activity, each business will also pay a mill tax, flat rate, or a combination of both.
Please see the Stockton Municipal Code for more information about business categories and the application of fees; a link is provided under External Links below.
- General Contractors and Developers
- Ice Cream Vendors
- Itinerant Merchants
- Manufacturing, Processing, Packing, and Public Utility
- Massage Establishments
- Motorized Food Wagons
- Pawnbrokers, Secondhand Dealers, and Junk Dealers
- Peddlers and Solicitors
- Retail, Rental, and Miscellaneous
- Speciality Contractors
- Wholesale and Newspaper Publication
Penalties accrue at 15% per month of the applicable business license tax due - to a maximum of 60%. In addition, you may be required to pay 25% in additional penalties for engaging in business without the required license.