Permitting & Licensing

Business Licenses

All businesses that operate within the City of Benicia are required to obtain a business license. Businesses new to the city must visit the Finance Department window on the second floor of Benicia City Hall, fill out a business license application and pay the appropriate business license fee. For a list of license fees and business classifications, see page 2 of the business license application.

For questions about business licenses, please contact the Finance Department at 707.746.4225.


The City of Benicia wants to make your development and permit process as easy as possible.

For information about zoning or permits, please contact either the Community Development Department (ask for the "planner on duty") at 707.746.4280.

For information related to city programs and/or business assistance please contact the Economic Development Manager at 707.746.4202.

State Requirements

Information on permits and licenses required by the State of California are available through the California Business Portal. If you can't find what you're looking for, ask a question. You'll receive a customized answer from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.