Business Licenses

To obtain a Business License you must submit a completed Business License application along with an approved "Use Proposal" (approved by the Planning Department) and a check payable to the Town of San Anselmo for the business license tax.

Businesses located in the commercial district as well as home-based businesses/occupations need to fill out a "Use Proposal" application for the Planning Department who will determine whether a Use Permit, Parking Variance or Design Review is needed.

San Anselmo permits home-based occupations only if they meet Town regulations designed to ensure that these business do not adversely impact other residents or property in the neighborhood. Please see "Business License Application/Package" below for further information.

Disability Access Laws for Businesses
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Applications Descriptions

Business License Application/ Package

General Business License Application form. Business Licenses are issued in accordance with Title 6, Chapter 1 of the San Anselmo Municipal Code. Businesses located in the commercial district as well as home-based businesses/occupations need to fill out a "Use Proposal" application for the Planning Department who will determine whether a Use Permit, Parking Variance or Design Review is needed. San Anselmo permits home-based occupations only if they meet Town regulations designed to ensure that these businesses do not adversely impact other residents or property in the neighborhood. 

Business License for Contractors - In Town

Business license application for contractors located in town. Each contractor located within the Town limits shall pay an annual business license tax based on gross receipts or or alternatively shall pay an annual business license tax of $104.00, whichever is greater.

Business License for Contractors - Out of Town

Every contractor who has work projects in Town but whose business is not located in San Anselmo shall pay an annual fee of $100.00 plus a $4.00 state fee* for a TOTAL of $ 104.00 This includes all contractors or subcontractors who perform short-term services in Town, such as building, electrical, plumbing, landscaping, tree work, painting, etc.

Business License for P.O Box business address

Every person whose business is not located in San Anselmo but transacts business via a post office box address in Town, shall pay a flat business license tax of $50.00 plus $4.00* (State Fee) per calendar year. 

Business License for Realtors

The San Anselmo Municipal Code, Section 6-1.14(l) requires every real estate broker or brokerage firm located outside of San Anselmo who buy, sell or lease property to obtain a business license.

Business License for Rental of Commercial Property

Every owner of commercial property, who leases such property in San Anselmo, shall pay an annual tax of $0.02 per square foot per lease per year up to a maximum of $200 per year per lease. There is a minimum charge of $50.00 for each rental space.

Business License for Rental Living Accommodations

Every person transacting in or engaged in the operation of a hotel, apartment, rooming house, house or portion of a house for rent, room for rent, second unit for rent, or other living accommodation shall pay an annual fee of $17.00 for each dwelling unit unless that unit is a rent control unit (Use Permit required) or has Section Eight Status (submit copy of the lease) then the annual fee is $10.00 for each unit. 

Business License for Transportation

Every business that delivers any service by the use of vehicles, shall pay a license tax for each calendar year (per Section 6-1.13 of the San Anselmo Municipal Code).

Credit Card Authorization Form

Fillable PDF Credit Card authorization form for Business Licenses payments.