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