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Business Registration Application Information: 

   San Carlos Finance Department

   600 Elm Street, 2nd Floor

   San Carlos, CA 94070

Counter & Phone Hours: 

  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday (closed 12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. daily)


  Karen Varley, Account Technician Consultant

  Phone (650) 802-4210 or (650) 802-4213     Fax (650) 595-6707

To Search active business registrations

Apply & Renew Online:  (Visa and MasterCard only)

New Business Registration Applications (in-town)

New Business Registration Applications (out-of-town contractors)

Business Registration Renewals (you will need your Account ID and Security Code, found on your renewal)

Forms  & Information:  
Find Your Category
Easy Fee Schedule for 1-15 Employees

Where do I start?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)   PDF FAQ

Business Registration Flow Chart

Starting a Business in San Mateo County from the San Mateo County Assessor's Office website

 Steps to obtain a Business Registration in the City of San Carlos

      For Businesses Located within San Carlos ("In Town" Businesses)


  • In Town Business Registration Application (PDF Icon - PDF If your business address is in San Carlos, please fill out the "in town" business registration application, calculate the fees due and remit the amount to the City of San Carlos.
  • To calculate the fees:         
             1) Determine the correct 
    category for your type of business
             2) Use the fee schedule
    to calculate your fees based on the number of employees you have

  • If you have any questions about the fee schedule and amount due or you have more than 15 employees, please email or call the Finance Division at (650) 802-4213 for assistance.
  • In addition to the annual fee for a business registration, all new, in-town businesses are subject to an $92 zoning review fee, which needs to be calculated with the base fee.
  • If you have any question about the zoning for your type of business and location, please contact our Planning Division (650) 802-4263 *before* you submit your business registration application and fees.
  • Change of business address within San Carlos is  subject to a $92 zoning fee. A change of mailing address does not require a fee. Any change of address needs to be submitted via the In Town Business Registration Application.

     For Businesses Located Outside of San Carlos ("Out of Town" Contractors)