Starting a Business in the City of Sausalito
The City of Sausalito welcomes you to its business community. Starting a business can be exciting and challenging. We wish you great success in your new venture!
The City of Sausalito requires all businesses operating within the City limits, including property owners, home based businesses, and all contractors, to obtain a business license and pay business license tax prior to commencing business operations.
The fastest way to apply for a business license is using the online filing method. To begin, simply click on the "start now" button located on the right of this page and select the "apply" option from the main menu. If your business is based in the City of Sausalito, an Occupational Use Permit must be approved prior to obtaining a business license. You may download a copy of the business license application and the Occupational Use Permit form directly from the helpful forms section of this website.
If you need further assistance or help applying for a business license, you are welcome to contact us at Sausalito@hdlgov.com or by phone at (415) 762-0576.
** IMPORTANT BUSINESS TAX UPDATE **
Measure M - Business License Tax Equity Measure
The City of Sausalito has passed a new ordinance, Measure M (Business License Tax Equity Measure) on November 6, 2018. Measure M has been placed to reduce the number of business categories from 22 to 4 and imposes a minimum tax of $125 plus a $4 per year State mandated fee per business with a BLT (business license tax) based on a percentage of gross receipts.
- 1. General, Retail, Hotel = $1.00 per thousand/gross receipts
- 2. Rental = $2.00 per thousand/ gross receipts (commercial & residential)
- 3. Service & Professional = $3.00 per thousand/gross receipts
- 4. Contractors (Sub & General) = $2.00 per thousand/gross receipts
These new rates Approved in Measure M will go into effect for newly registered businesses on July 1, 2019, and on January 1, 2020, for existing businesses.
If you need any further Business License Tax assistance, please contact us at (415) 762-0576
TOT LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) returns for lodging establishments can now be submitted online, by phone, and mail to simplify your monthly reporting. To submit your TOT online, please click the “Start Now” button found on the right and select the “TOT Remittance” option to begin your monthly filing process.
For the privilege of occupancy in any “hotel”, each transient shall be subject to and shall pay a tax in the amount of fourteen percent (14%) of the rent charged by the operator.
If you need further assistance or help with filing your TOT return, you are welcome to contact us at SausalitoTOT@hdlgov.com or by phone at (415) 762-0576 . All questions and applications are now processed online or over the phone.
TOT forms and payments may also be mailed to the address below. Please make checks payable to City of Sausalito.
REMITTANCE MAILING ADDRESS:
City of Sausalito
C/O HdL TOT Processing Center
8839 N. Cedar Ave. #212 • Fresno, CA 93720