With few exceptions, all businesses located, operating, or conducting business within the city limits are required to have a valid business license from the City of Menlo Park. In addition, businesses operating from a residential address are required to obtain a home occupation permit from the Community Development Department before business operations begin. Please be aware that all cities regulate business activity by location. Check with the City's planning staff to ensure that your business is permissible in the location you are considering.
Business license tax and payment
The City collects a business license tax for doing business within city limits based on the business gross receipts or the number of employees. Application and payment of the license tax can be completed online with a credit card, by mail with check, or in person with cash, check, or credit card. You may need the a copy of the City's IRS Form W-9 to complete your payment, check with your accounting department.
Conducting business and necessary approvals
Businesses will be able to legally conduct business as soon as the license is approved. Notification of approval is normally mailed within one week. Applicants can also call the Finance Division to confirm license approval.