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Community Development

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Business Licenses

All 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.

Download City of Fairfield Business License Application

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 (read here for current fee) in addition to the business license fee and must be submitted with the application. 

Download the Home Occupation Requirements and Application

Locating Your Business

Before you sign a lease, purchase a commercial building, or begin operating a business from your home, check in with Fairfield’s Planning Division to make sure that your business is an acceptable use for that property.  To talk to a planner about the zoning regulations of your planned business site, call 707.428.7463.  They’ll explain where you can locate your type of business and what special requirements, if any, might apply. 

Seller's Permit

You must obtain a seller's permit if you:

  • Are engaged in business in California
  • Intend to sell or lease tangible personal property that would ordinarily be subject to sales tax if sold at retail
  • Will make sales for a temporary period, normally lasting no longer than 30 days at one or more locations (e.g. fireworks booth, Christmas tree lots, garage sale).

Both wholesalers and retailers must apply for a seller's permit. For more information, please call the State Board of Equalization Suisun City Field Office at 707.428.2041. This office is located at 333 Sunset Avenue, Suite 330, Suisun City, CA 94585. 

Federal and State Identification Numbers

If you employ workers in your business, you must have a State Identification Number and a Federal Employer Identification Number to report employee taxes. For more information, contact the State Board of Equalization at 800.338.0505 and the Internal Revenue Service at 800.829.3676.

Fictitious Names

If you plan to use a fictitious business name (a name different from your own), you need to check with the Solano County Clerk to make sure that no one else is using that name. You can contact the County Clerk at 707.784.7485, 675 Texas Street, Suite 1900, Fairfield, CA 94533.

Other local organizations which provide advice and/or assistance to businesses in the area include:

Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce
1111 Webster Street
Fairfield, CA 94533
707.425.4625
 
Solano County Small Business Development Center
424-C Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534
707.864.3382

Solano Economic Development Corporation (Solano EDC)
424-C Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534
707.864.1855