POLICY DURING THE COVID-19 DECLARED EMERGENCY
Commencing on June 22, 2020, the One Stop Shop will be open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, except Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Customers may choose to continue processing permit applications remotely or may visit us at the One Stop Shop located on the third floor of City Hall.
You may now visit us in person at the One Stop Shop located on the third floor of City Hall. For customers choosing to visit the One Stop Shop, please note the following conditions apply to ensure a safe environment for all:
If you choose, you can continue to submit your applications on-line without visiting the One Stop Shop and we will continue to process your application remotely without visiting the One Stop Shop. All business tax applications may be submitted through the online services: www.riversideca.gov/businesstax
Please note that all renewals with a expiration date of March 31st and April 30th have been extended to June 30th without penalty.
Please reach out to staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-826-5465 if you have any questions.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Submit your NEW application online. Choose Submit a NEW Business License application. Once processed, we will send an email notifying you of the amount due and instructions on how to make your payment online.
E-filing speeds and simplifies the filing of your business license renewal. Your mailed renewal notice contains the account number and PIN number that are required to login to the system. Choose the RENEW YOUR ANNUAL BUSINESS LICENSE option and enter a few details and the system automatically calculates your business taxes, accepts your credit card or ACH Debit payment and provides you with a receipt.
If you are no longer conducting business in the City of Riverside, you may close your account using the online process. You will be required to provide a reason for the closure.
If you are planning to conduct business in the City of Riverside you must obtain a City of Riverside business license, also referred to as a business tax.
All persons or companies conducting business in the City of Riverside are required to pay a business tax. This includes, but is not limited to, retail outlets, wholesalers, manufacturers, service companies, professional businesses, independent contractors, home businesses, and commercial and residential landlords. If you conduct business in the City of Riverside from an office located outside of Riverside, you are required to pay a business tax.
Business taxes are due on or before the first day of business for any new business. Business taxes are paid annually unless otherwise specified. All annual business taxes are due in advance; on or before the expiration date of the then current certificate.
If you are starting a new business, you must also check to see if you need to record a Fictitious Business Name or if you require a state seller's permit. Links to the right will help you find some of these resources.
Businesses that are not physically located within the city limits may also be required to obtain a City of Riverside business license. For detailed information on the City's business tax, licenses and regulations, please review the City's Municipal Code.
Depending on the type of business you conduct, you may be required to interact with more than one City department to acquire a business license. For example, your business facility may require City electric or water services, zoning or building code approval, or the services you provide may require special licenses.
Use the links to the right to get started. The Business Resource Guide provided by the Office of Economic Development contains contact information for city, county, state and federal resources, and provides useful information for new and existing Riverside businesses.
For more information please contact, (951) 826- 5465
The Business Resource Guide , published by the City of Riverside Development Department, explains permits and regulatory compliance for Riverside businesses.