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For new businesses that have a location within San Carlos, business registration fees are calculated based on the type of business you have and the number of employee/owners. 

To calculate your business registration fee:

1. Type of Business - Check your type of business as Retail, Wholesale & Manufacturing, Services or Professions
here.

2. Fee Calculations- Check your amount due based on the type of business and number of employees here:
 

The MINIMUM base fee for all businesses is $193

  • For Manufacturing, Retail Wholesale, Services Categories - 1-2 employees = $285  2+ employees, see chart below or fee calculations.
  •  For Professions Category - 1 employee = $285  2+ employees, see chart below or fee calculations.

If your type of business is not listed or you have 15+ employees, please refer to the following Fee Schedule below to calculate. 

If you have any questions, please contact Finance at (650) 802-4213 or businessreg@cityofsancarlos.org.

FEE SCHEDULE FOR BUSINESS REGISTRATIONS LOCATED IN SAN CARLOS

Business registration fees effective 10/1/2015, Zoning fees effective 7/1/2016

Manufacturer/Wholesale Retail

$31 per employee + $102 base fee + $92 zoning fee + $1 state mandated fee

Services

$37 per employee + $102 base fee + $92 zoning fee + $1 state mandated fee

Professions

$49 per employee + $102 base fee + $92 zoning fee + $1 state mandated fee

Seasonal and Specialized
(Solicitors included)

$849 For solicitors, an approved application for solicitor’s permit from the San Carlos Police Bureau and background check is required     

Amusement Devices

$255 for first 2 machines; Additional = $386 each arcade/video machine

Billiard/Pool Room/Bowling Alley

$193 for the first lane or table, $49 for each additional

Apartment, 3 or more units

1-2 Units = no charge; 3 or more, base fee= $102 + addt’l $31 each  (Min. $193)

Massage

$49 per employee + $102 base fee + $365 zoning fee + $1 state mandated fee

Amusement Place (Theater, Bingo)

$256.00

MISCELLANEOUS FEES

Change of Ownership

Fee varies. Ownership is NOT TRANSFERABLE. New owner requires notification by previous owner in addition to a new business registration application and applicable fees.

Change of Address

$92 zoning fee and clearance per change of address. New business registration form must be submitted.

The MINIMUM base fee is $193 and the MAXIMUM base fee is $2,471 *SB-116