To obtain a business license, a completed application is required. Certain applicants may also require special permits and clearance from other City departments. Find Contractor's Business License or standard Business License applications.
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The City of St. Helena requires everyone doing business in City limits to have an active business license. Business license fees are imposed for revenue generating purposes. It is not a license to permit to operate a business in violation of City, County, State, and Federal laws.
The business license application is processed and by the Finance Department for the issuance of the business license. Additionally, the application will be referred to the other departments as necessary. Inspections may be required as part of the approval and clearance process for those departments. If the business is a food establishments, a permit from the Napa County Health Department will also be necessary.
Applicants will be issued a business license upon completion of the Finance Department's review of the application and payment of the business license fee. However, if your business requires one or more permits from other City or County departments, start of business must wait for those departments to issue the required permits.
A current business license can be re-issued by requesting in person or by letter to:
City of St. HelenaFinance Department1088 CollegeSt. Helena, CA 94574
The business license will be mailed to the business address on record.
We are unable to provide copies or prior year licenses. However, a letter can be prepared stating how long your business has been licensed. For faster service, send request via email. The letter will be mailed to the current business address on record.
If you conduct business using a name other than your legal name (DBA), you are using a fictitious business name. Contact the Napa County Recorder's Office for more information.
If you sell tangible property, you are required to obtain a Seller's Permit from the State Board of Equalization for the purposes of collecting and reporting sales tax to the State of California.
If you have employees and withhold State Income Tax, Disability, and Unemployment insurance, contact the State Employment Development Department (EDD) to obtain a State Employer ID number.
If you intend to have employees or to obtain a Form 540 for estimating State Withholding Tax for yourself, contact the Franchise Tax Board (FTB).
If you intend to sell or serve alcoholic beverages, contact the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC).
Depending on the type of business being conducted, please consult the Department of Consumer Affairs. Many professions, including building contractors, need to obtain California State Licenses.
Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for a federal employer ID number, a businessman's kit, seminars for new businesses, additional information and forms.
If your business uses a weighing or measuring device, a (PLU) price lookup system or scan gun system for retail sales, a permit from the Napa County Sealer of Weights and Measures will also be necessary. Call Weights and Measures at (707) 944-8714 for assistance.
City of St. Helena
1088 College Avenue
St. Helena, CA 94574