Palo Alto values its vibrant business community and recognizes the contribution that businesses, from small retailers to billion-dollar corporations, make to the character and economic vitality of Palo Alto.
The City has no Business License requirements for most businesses located in or contracted to do business in the City. For businesses occupying commercial property, a one- time certificate of use and occupancy is likely required. You can find the application here.
For tenant improvements, or other work requiring permits, our Development Center is a one-stop shop.
For further information, please contact:
Thomas J. Fehrenbach
Manager, Economic Development
250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
P.O. Box 10250, Palo Alto, CA 94303