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525 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Ph: (415) 258-4600
Fx: (415) 459-2477
New Business Guide

San Anselmo provides great opportunities for starting a new business or relocating your business.  The Town of San Anselmo wants to help you start a business in our Town.  

There are a number of issues that you should consider before signing a lease, buying property or opening a business. This information is designed to help you understand the Town permitting process and point you in the right direction for other agency approvals. As you move forward, please remember that Town staff are available and more than happy to help guide you through the process and direct you to where you may find more information. 


Step 1 Find a Location

Step 2 Consider Parking

Step 3 Consider Water

Step 4 Disabled Access

Step 5 Permits and Inspections

Step 6 Business License

Pre-Lease/Pre-Application Meeting
To help you to prepare for issues that may arise, and to improve coordination among Town departments, the Town offers a FREE pre-application project review meeting where representatives of Planning, Building, Public Works and the Ross Valley Fire Department will meet with you to discuss your proposed business and to provide you with information on codes and inspections.   

Meetings are typically held Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Appointments can be made through the
Building Department--you can find the link to the application here. There is no fee for this service. You may always contact each department individually for information.


Other Resources
        Websites that provide assistance to small business
        Reducing Losses from Flooding
        Economic and Demographic Information
        Utilities, Garbage and Recycling