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Business License applications are located on our website. You may also get an application by visiting our office.
Businesses with permanent locations in the Modesto city limits must meet Zoning and Fire regulations. Contact the Zoning Department at 209-577-5279 and the Fire Prevention Bureau at 209-571-5553 for further information.
To apply, bring your completed Business License application in to the City of Modesto and the appropriate annual tax (fee).
There are three (3) types of Business Licenses in the City of Modesto: Home Business, Commercial Business and Outside Business.
These are the forms that would need to be attached to your business license renewal depending on the type of business. These forms should be filled out, saved to your device and uploaded to the online renewal portal.
Subcontractor Adjustment List (PDF)
This form is for General Contractors to adjust the amounts paid to a licensed sub-contractor. General Contractors must fill this form out and attach it to their renewal to be allowed this adjustment.
Apportionment Worksheet (PDF)
A taxpayer may reduce total receipts from the operation of business or from work performed in the City by a percentage that represents activities that occur outside the city. If you believe this applies to your business please complete this BL-2 Apportionment worksheet.