Business Licensing

In the City of Modesto, there are 3 types of Business Licenses. A Business License is required of all home and commercial business owners within the City of Modesto. A business physically located outside the City limits of Modesto performing a service inside the City limits of Modesto is also required to have a license as well.

All Business License Applications are interactive. When you open the form, click in the first field and type in the information to complete the form. Print the application and click on "Save a Copy" to keep for your records.

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Before returning your application, did you:

  • Read the information thoroughly?
  • Fill out the application(s) completely? (Please be sure that the business start date and owner information is filled in.)
  • Sign the Business License Application?
  • Sign both pages of the Home Business Permit and Agreement (if the business is conducted from the residential location)?
  • Enclose the appropriate fee?

We cannot process incomplete applications or applications returned with incorrect fees.