The City of Hercules welcomes new business enterprises, and values the many businesses that have made Hercules their home.
As mandated by City of Hercules Municipal Code, Title 8 Chapter 6 (PDF), the City of Hercules requires all organizations operating within the City to have a business license. This applies to businesses operating from a place of residence (i.e., home-based businesses) or a commercial or office space. Home-bases businesses are businesses where operations are completed out of the owner’s or an employee’s residence. Operations include but are not limited to computer tasks, telephone calls, paperwork, appointments, financials, sales, etc. Businesses located in Rodeo should contact the Contra Costa County Tax Collector at 925-646-4122.
|To apply for a business license:
Renewal notices are sent out to those businesses that have an active license from the prior year during the month of December. Renewal notices are only sent as a courtesy and businesses are still responsible for renewing their business license even if they do not receive a renewal notice. Failure to pay the annual business license fee before January 31, may result in late fees.
If you misplace a renewal form or do not receive one and need to renew your business license, you may download/print and complete one of the below forms. You may also contact MuniServices toll free at (866) 240-3665 or email@example.com.
|Reopening a Closed Account
Businesses that were previously licensed by the City but closed, sold or moved outside of the City and need to reopen their previous account must complete a REOPENING OF CLOSED ACCOUNT APPLICATION.
Such businesses must also obtain the necessary use permit. All businesses—including home-based, mixed-use, and live-work businesses—require either an administrative or conditional use permit. For more information or to apply for a use permit, contact the Planning Department. A separate fee is required for the use permit.
• Peddler/Solicitor License Form
Please complete a peddler/solicitor license form for each individual conducting door-to-door sales. A $60 background check fee will be assessed for each person soliciting in City limits. Please note that all peddlers & solicitors must go through the required background check to operate in Hercules, regardless if their business is located in Hercules and/or whether they have previously obtained a standard City business license.
|Temporary or Special Event Business Licenses
Events such as the ones listed below are considered temporary or special events. Such events must obtain a business license for the City of Hercules before the event commences.
If your business has a change of physical address, you must complete a new business permit application and obtain approval from the Planning Department before a license can be issued for the new location. You must also complete a LOCATION CHANGE business license application. Upon approval and receipt of all applicable fees, your business license can be issued.
|Name Change or Change in Business Ownership
If your business name has changed or added/removed owners, we need to hear from you. Please notify MuniServices by completing a NAME CHANGE OR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP form. You may also contact MuniServices toll free at (866) 240-3665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Closed or Sold Businesses
Business licenses ARE NOT automatically canceled. We need to hear from you. You may email MuniServices at email@example.com , send written notification or call us toll free at (866) 240-3665. Please be prepared to provide the date that the business closed/sold and the new owner’s contact information if applicable.
|CASp Fee Information
On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1186 (SB 1186) into law. SB 1186 is intended to increase disability access, encourage compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements, develop education resources for businesses, and facilitate compliance with Federal and State disability laws. From January 1, 2013, and until December 31, 2017, cities and counties were required to collect a State mandated fee of $1.00 from “any applicant for a local business license or equivalent instrument or permit, and from any applicant for the renewal of a business license or equivalent instrument or permit.” Assembly Bill 1379 was passed on October 11, 2017, which extends the assessment of the fee indefinitely and the State mandated fee from $1.00 to $4.00 from January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2023.
Municipalities are required by law to inform you of the following: Under Federal and State law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:The Division of the State Architect
The Department of Rehabilitation
The California Commission on Disability Access
Listed below are some other agencies you may need to contact in order to start your business.
For business licenses in areas outside of Hercules:
If you serve alcoholic beverages, you may need to apply for a liquor license with:
Alcoholic Beverage Control Licensing
1515 Clay Street, Suite 2208
Oakland, CA 94612
Contra Costa County Clerk
555 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA 94553
County Tax Collector
625 Court Street, Room 100
Martinez, CA 94553
2120 Diamond Boulevard Suite 200
Concord, CA 94520
Fictitious Business Name
In most cases, you must register your business name with the County Clerk. Before you file your Fictitious Business Name Statement, research the name to insure that the name is not currently being used by someone else. While this is highly recommended by the City, it is not a requirement for obtaining a business licenses.
If you have a restaurant, catering, or food-handling business, you may need to file for a Public Health/Licensing permit through the Contra Costa County Environmental Health Department (formerly Health Services).
If your business will involve the import or export of products with other countries, you may need to obtain an Import/Export Permit.
State Board of Equalization
1515 Clay Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612
State Employment Development Department
478 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 215
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
State Identification Number
If you have employees, you need to apply for a State Identification Number.
If you charge sales tax, you will need to apply for a Sales Tax Number or Resale Number.
For more information, contact the U.S. Customs Import Specialist at (415) 705-4440.
Better Business Bureau
|California Secretary of State
Limited Liability Co., Limited Partnerships, Trade and Service Names
|Contractors State License Board||(800) 321-2752|
|Child Care Licensing & Fingerprinting
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1102
Oakland, CA 94612
|Small Business Development Center
(Formerly called Business Resource Center, Private Industry Council of CCC)