Existing Business

Running a business is complex, even for experienced professionals, and we’re here to help. Learn about Palo Alto’s robust business community and the programs and services available to support the city’s commercial citizens.

Business Registration Renewal

Complete your annual business registration by March 31 each year.

If you have a question, check the frequently asked questions regarding business registration(PDF, 1MB) .

Planning and Development Services

Outdoor Business

The Uplift Local Program is a Council-supported effort enabling outdoor dining, retail, personal services, and outdoor gyms and fitness options in business districts such as California Avenue, the downtown core and other business areas.

Local Business Ordinances and Municipal Codes


For no/low cost ways to help your employees check out the Palo Alto TMA.

Zero Waste for Businesses

Recycling and composting is now required in Palo Alto. Refer to the Zero Waste for Business website and the 4 Steps to Compliance guide.