Community Development


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On Monday, May 18, Fairfield City Hall will be reopening to the public. Community Development public counters will reopen at that time. If you have business that you would like to conduct at our public counter, you are welcome to do so.  For everyone's protection, Social Distancing provisions will be in place, and the public will be required to wear a mask when visiting City Hall.   The public counter is open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Because the COVID-19 crisis is not over, we encourage you to consider remote alternatives for conducting business with us.  We are accepting Business License applications by US Mail or other delivery such as FedEx or UPS.  To ensure that submitted applications are complete and the correct application amount is provided, we strongly recommend (but do not require) that applicants have a consultation with a staff member first.   To request a consultation, please contact 707-428-7461 or

Thank you for your patience!  We continue to look forward to assisting you with your business needs during this challenging time.

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The City of Fairfield requires a BUSINESS LICENSE for any person, partnership, or corporation engaged in business in the City of Fairfield.  This includes contractors based outside the City of Fairfield engaged in project(s) in the City.

The application to obtain a Business License is straightforward and can be completed at the Planning Division Public Counter during business hours.  Or, interested business owners can download the application below and mail it in with a check made payable to the City of Fairfield.  The mailing address is 1000 Webster Street, 2nd Floor, Fairfield, CA 94533.


Application form 

Many individuals wish to operate a business out of their residence.  In such cases, the City also requires a HOME OCCUPATION PERMIT be submitted along with the Business License. 

The Home Occupation Permit has an associated fee of $109.00. This fee is in addition to the Business License Tax and is effective February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

Home Occupation Permit Application

Renew, Pay a Balance Due, or Modify Your Business License

Frequently Asked Questions - For Business License Renewals


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:


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

The Department of Rehabilitation at

The California Commission on Disability Access at

You may obtain a copy of the SB1186 mandate at