Business Licensing

In the City of Modesto, there are 3 types of Business Licenses. A Business License is required of all home and commercial business owners within the City of Modesto. A business physically located outside the City limits of Modesto performing a service inside the City limits of Modesto are also required to have a license as well.
  
All Business License Applications are interactive. When you open the form, click in the first field and type in the information to complete the form. Print the application and click on "Save a Copy" to keep for your records.

Applications/Forms
Carnival Application
Circus Application
Commercial Business License Application
Home Business License Application | Home Business Agreement
Outside Business License Application
Notice of Business Information Change
Sidewalk Food Vendor - Sequence of Action
Special Event/Itinerant License Application

Before returning your application, did you:
  • Read the information thoroughly?
  • Fill out the application(s) completely? (Please be sure that the business start date and owner information is filled in.)
  • Sign the Business License Application?
  • Sign both pages of the Home Business Permit and Agreement (if the business is conducted from the residential location)?
  • Enclose the appropriate fee?
We cannot process incomplete applications or applications returned with incorrect fees.

Please Note: As of September 1, 2017, customers paying by debit or credit card in person or online will be charged a 2.4% service fee for transactions. Review the press release for more information.