Starting or Relocating a Business

Want to open a new business?  We can help.

Palo Alto values its vibrant business community and recognizes the contribution that businesses, from small retailers to billion-dollar corporations, make to the character and economic vitality of Palo Alto.

To assist you in starting or locating your business in Palo Alto, we have a number of tools and partners available.

The City has an annual business registration requirement for most businesses located in fixed places of business within the City. For these businesses, a one-time certificate of use and occupancy is likely also required.

Some businesses require special permits or licenses.

For tenant improvements, or other work requiring permits, our Development Center is a one-stop shop.

For further information, please contact:
Office of the City Manager
250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (650) 329-2392
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