Conducting Business in Riverside

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If you are planning to conduct business in the City of Riverside you must obtain a City of Riverside business license, also referred to as a business tax.

All persons or companies conducting business in the City of Riverside are required to pay a business tax. This includes, but is not limited to, retail outlets, wholesalers, manufacturers, service companies, professional businesses, independent contractors, home businesses, and commercial and residential landlords. If you conduct business in the City of Riverside from an office located outside of Riverside, you are required to pay a business tax.

Business taxes are due on or before the first day of business for any new business. Business taxes are paid annually unless otherwise specified. All annual business taxes are due in advance; on or before the expiration date of the then current certificate.

 If you are starting a new business, you must also check to see if you need to record a Fictitious Business Name or if you require a state seller's permit. Links to the right will help you find some of these resources.

Businesses that are not physically located within the city limits may also be required to obtain a City of Riverside business license. For detailed information on the City's business tax, licenses and regulations, please review the City's Municipal Code.

Depending on the type of business you conduct, you may be required to interact with more than one City department to acquire a business license. For example, your business facility may require City electric or water services, zoning or building code approval, or the services you provide may require special licenses.

Use the links to the right to get started. The Business Resource Guide provided by the Office of Economic Development contains contact information for city, county, state and federal resources, and provides useful information for new and existing Riverside businesses.

The Business Resource Guide , published by the City of Riverside Development Department, explains permits and regulatory compliance for Riverside businesses.

Business Tax E-filing – Save Time, Effort and Postage!

The City of Riverside is pleased to announce that E-filing is now available on our Website. You may apply, renew, pay an outstanding balance, or close your business taxes on the City of Riverside website at:

NEW Business Application (coming soon)

Submit your NEW application online. Choose Submit a NEW Business License application. Once processed, we will send an email notifying you of the amount due and instructions on how to make your payment online.

RENEW Your Annual Business Tax

E-filing speeds and simplifies the filing of your business tax renewal. Your mailed renewal notice contains the account number and PIN number that are required to login to the system. Choose the RENEW BUSINESS ONLINE option and enter a few details and the system automatically calculates your business taxes, accepts your credit card or ACH Debit payment and provides you with a receipt.

CLOSE Your Existing Business Tax Account

If you are no longer conducting business in the City of Riverside, you may close your account using the online process. You will be required to provide a reason for the closure.

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