Community Development

NEW STATE LAW-SB 1186

The State of California has enacted SB 1186, a new law which imposes a $1.00 State fee on every applicant for a local business license or business license renewal.  The fee is required to be collected by all cities and counties throughout California, including the City of Fairfield.  Accordingly, the City's Business License application has been revised to include this new fee.  SB 1186 also requires that applicants be provided the following notice:

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 at www.dgs.ca.gov/Home.aspx

The Department of Rehabilitation at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov

The California Commission on Disability Access at www.coda.ca.gov

You may obtain a copy of the SB1186 mandate at  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov


Business Licenses

Picture of Starbucks Coffee shop Downtown Fairfield CaliforniaAll businesses that operate within the City of Fairfield are required to obtain a business license. Businesses new to the city must visit the Community Development Department window on the second floor of Fairfield City Hall, fill out a business license application and pay the appropriate business license fee. For a list of license fees and business classifications, see page 2 of the business license application. If you have questions about business licenses, please contact us at 707.428.7509.

City of Fairfield Business License Application
Online Business License Renewal

Home-Based Businesses

If you operate a business from your home, you must comply with City Ordinances and standards. Home-based businesses must be clearly incidental and accessory to the use of the residence as a home. Operators of home-based businesses must fill out a Home Occupation Application along with their business license form. The City charges a Home Occupation permit fee of $95 in addition to the business license fee and must be submitted with the application. 

Home Occupation Requirements and Application