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 707.428.7461.
Any person or organization who goes door to door, business to business, or place to place within the City of Fairfield is required to apply for and carry a Solicitor, Peddler, or Itinerant Merchant Permit in addition to the Business License.
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 $103 in addition to the business license fee and must be submitted with the application.
STATE LAW AB 3002
The State of California enacted AB 3002, which updated Section 4469.5 to the Government Code, relating to disability access. Per AB 3002, the City shall make a disability access notice, known as “The Model Notice”, available to applicants for commercial building permits or commercial business licenses. The Model Notice provides information on compliance requirements under both state and federal law and an advisory strongly encouraging the applicant to obtain a CASp consultation and inspection.
The Model Notice to Applicants for Commercial Business Licenses and Commercial Building Permits:
You may obtain a copy of the AB 3002 mandate at: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB3002
STATE LAW AB 1379
The State of California enacted AB 1379, which updated SB 1186 and raised the fees on new business licenses from $1.00 to $4.00. Per AB 1379, the City now collects the $4.00 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. The original SB 1186 also required 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