Register a New Business

Register a New Business

Using this service, you can apply to establish a business in San Francisco, and initiate tax compliance responsibilities including tax filing and payments. Failure to comply with tax requirements may lead to collections efforts up to and including legal proceedings. The Business Registration Certificate must be conspicuously displayed at your place of business and renewed annually by May 31st.

FAQs

How do i know if i should register my business?

If you answer "Yes" to any of the questions below, you must register your business.
Do you:

  • Operate as an independent contractor within San Francisco?
  • Conduct business in SF for any part of seven (7) days during the fiscal year, including use of streets?
  • Perform work or render services within San Francisco for all or part of any seven days during one fiscal year?
  • Solicit business within San Francisco for all or part of any seven days during one fiscal year?
  • Maintain a fixed place of business within San Francisco?
  • Exercise corporate or franchise powers within San Francisco?
  • Own or lease real or personal property within San Francisco for business purposes?
  • Regularly maintain a stock of tangible personal property for sale in San Francisco?
  • Employ or loan capital on property within San Francisco?
  • Liquidate businesses when the liquidators hold themselves out to the public as conducting such business? 

Register a New Business

Register a New Business

Using this service, you can apply to establish a business in San Francisco, and initiate tax compliance responsibilities including tax filing and payments. Failure to comply with tax requirements may lead to collections efforts up to and including legal proceedings. The Business Registration Certificate must be conspicuously displayed at your place of business and renewed annually by May 31st.

FAQs

How do i know if i should register my business?

If you answer "Yes" to any of the questions below, you must register your business.
Do you:

  • Operate as an independent contractor within San Francisco?
  • Conduct business in SF for any part of seven (7) days during the fiscal year, including use of streets?
  • Perform work or render services within San Francisco for all or part of any seven days during one fiscal year?
  • Solicit business within San Francisco for all or part of any seven days during one fiscal year?
  • Maintain a fixed place of business within San Francisco?
  • Exercise corporate or franchise powers within San Francisco?
  • Own or lease real or personal property within San Francisco for business purposes?
  • Regularly maintain a stock of tangible personal property for sale in San Francisco?
  • Employ or loan capital on property within San Francisco?
  • Liquidate businesses when the liquidators hold themselves out to the public as conducting such business?