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.
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