Office location: Folsom City Hall, First Floor
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm
Mailing Address: City of Folsom, Business Licenses, 50 Natoma Street,
Folsom, CA 95630
**this page is currently in process of being updated**
Business License Requirements
The City of Folsom Municipal Code requires that ALL businesses operating within the city limits obtain a business license. Issuance of a city license does NOT constitute permission to operate the stated business. Applicants are also responsible for maintaining compliance with all other applicable laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, zoning, health, building and fire.
Business License Application Form
All businesses should complete page 1 of the application form: Business License Application Form. Page 2 is for Home Occupation licenses only. The additional pages provide information, including application fees. For assistance with completing the application, see FAQs below or contact this office.
All applications must be submitted (along with all applicable fees) either in person at City Hall, or by mail to City of Folsom, Business Licenses, 50 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA 95630
Business License Renewals
Folsom business licenses expire on June 30th of each year. Renewal notices are mailed in May, with payment due by July 31st. Penalty fees are charged to any business that fails to renew by the due date. It is the responsibility of the business owner to renew their license. If a renewal notice has not been received by July, please contact the office at 916-355-7312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As renewal time is an extremely busy time of year, please allow at least 4 weeks before inquiring about receipt of payment for renewal.
Payment for Business Licenses
Licenses can be paid for by cash or check (payable to City of Folsom) only. Currently debit and credit cards are not accepted for any Business license services.
Notification of Changes to Businesses
The business owner is responsible for notifying the City of Folsom business license office of any changes to the business. There is no charge for most license updates, unless a reprint is required (see below). Notification for most changes (including business closure) can be by phone or email communication.
· Change in Ownership - Business licenses are non-transferable, so a change in ownership requires that the old license be closed, and a new application be submitted.
· Change of business name / DBAs – The business license is specific to the business name, and therefore a separate application must be submitted for each DBA or name change.
· Home Occupation license address change - All Home Occupation license address changes need to be reviewed by the City of Folsom, Planning Division. For approval, complete pages 1 and 2 of the application form with new business information, and submit along with proof of residency.
Other Business License Services
Reprints - are available for $11 per reprint. Please contact the office to place a request.
Reports – listings of new licenses issued in Folsom within a set time frame are available upon request, costing $17 per report. Please contact the office for details.
Help for starting a Business in Folsom
Assistance for new businesses is available on the City of Folsom website's, Economic Development pages:
Types of Licenses
Home Occupation: Issued by the City’s Planning Department for applicants operating a business out of their Folsom residence. Fill out the Business License Application and complete the second page which includes a questionaire.
The following Conditions Form needs to be filled out and submitted at the same time as the Home Occupation Application, if applicable. Sale of Firearms Home Occ Permit Conditions.
For businesses in the home that propose the preparation or packaging of food products; please find more information about approved foods and required certifications through Sacramento County at the following link. http://www.emd.saccounty.net/EnvHealth/FoodProtect/CottageFood.html
General (Annual Gross Receipts): Every business, other than those listed elsewhere. This includes retail, landscaping service, most out of town vendors, beauty salons, wholesale, restaurants, apartment complexes, commercial day care centers.
Manufacturing, Wholesale, and Service Professional: Doctors, dentists, accounting firms, consultants, real estate brokers, massage therapists, individual hair dressers (cosmotologists), estheticians, and manufacturing firms.
Commercial, Industrial, and Research & Development: Any business in a commercial zone that does not fall within any other category. (ie. Intel, HP).
Contractors: Are not required to have individual business licenses if the work they are performing requires them to pull building permits for their jobs in Folsom. There is a $25.00 business license fee charged on each building permit.
Sub-Contractors: Are required to have individual business licenses.
Exempt Business Licenses: Business must provide proof of exempt status.
Specialty: Includes Special Event, Itinerant Vendors, Peddlers, solicitors, or street stands.
Cardrooms: Please contact City of Folsom Business License department at 916-355-7312.
Taxi's: Taxi Companies and Taxi Drivers are required to have a Police Department Permit as well as business license. The business license department will not accept applications until approval by the Police Department has been granted. For applications, please contact the business license department.
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