Welcome to the City of Novato Business Community!

An important part of doing business in the City of Novato includes obtaining the required business license and/or permit. The City partners with Hdl Companies to provide online services for all your business license needs, including renewals, change of ownership/address, and dissolution of business.

Take advantage of our online filing and payment portal which allows you the convenience of filing and paying your business license online by paying with Visa, MasterCard or Electronic Check.

Click the button below to apply, renew and pay online:

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Business License Services By Mail

If you are not able to purchase your new license, or renew, online, you may download a business license application below, or request a form be mailed to you, by calling 415.899.8917. Please note that this option will extend the approval time for your business license or renewal. You may also request forms by mail to close a business, or change of address/ownership/business name.

Once complete, mail your business license application with payment to:

City of Novato Business Licenses
C/O HdL Companies
839 N. Cedar Avenue #212
Fresno, CA 93720 

Business License Application 

Home Occupation Permit Application

Change of Address/Ownership/Business Name

Note: If there is a change of ownership, business name or location, you are required to obtain a new business license and are subject to any associated fees and approvals.

Dissolution of Business Form
Note: If your business is sold or discontinued, please complete the Declaration attached to the City Business License issued to you and return by mail.

 SB 1186 - Disability Access Law

On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB 1186. This bill imposes, beginning on January 1, 2013, until December 31, 2018, an additional state fee on any applicant for a local business license or equivalent instrument or permit, or renewal thereof. Its purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and develop educational resources for businesses to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws. 

You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

The Division of the State Architect at www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home.aspx
The Department of Rehabilitation at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov
The California Commission on Disability Access at www.ccda.ca.gov




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