Business License

Covid-19 Update

The renewal period for businesses located within Danville has been deferred until August 31, 2020 with no penalties.

All businesses located outside Danville are subject to the regular renewal process, which begins June 1 annually.

new Businesses

Welcome and thank you for your interest in doing business in Danville. Who needs a Business License? Any business generating revenue within the Town of Danville limits is required to obtain a Danville business license. This includes home-based businesses. Any business that does not have a commercial storefront, office, commercial or industrial location is considered a home-based business even if sales or services are performed outside the residence.  Please review Disability Access Requirements and Resources (PDF).

Did you know that some areas of Danville are actually unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County?  Find out if your Danville address is inside the Town of Danville through our Danville Pioneer website.  If you are located outside the Town of Danville, in unincorporated Contra Costa County, you will need to obtain a license through the county office in Martinez. Please check their website at:  Contra Costa County Business License Website.

License Information & Forms


We are pleased to offer the ability to apply, make payments, update your account information, renew accounts and request closures for business licenses online.  

Please be advised that all credit card transactions will be subject to a convenience fee of 2.9% with a minimum of $2.00. Select this link to access our online portal:

Business License Application

Required for all businesses doing business in the Town of Danville.  A Business License term runs from July 1-June 30 annually.  Business License Application (PDF). For faster service, please apply online in our Business License Portal:

Home based business Permits

Required when conducting business from home. This allows the Town’s zoning department to ensure commercial activities do not impact neighborhoods. Home Occupation Permit Application (PDF) or for faster service,  apply online in our Business License Portal: 

sidewalk vending permits

Required in conjunction with a business license when conducting this type of business. Sidewalk Vending Permit Application (PDF) or apply online in our Business License Portal: 


Disability Access Requirements and Resources (PDF).

Business License Exemption and fees

A business license is still required if your business is exempt (PDF) from license fees. Refer to our License fees (PDF) schedule to see what requirements are needed to be considered exempt.  Fees vary depending on your business location inside or outside of the Town boundaries.  Exemption status is re-evaluated each renewal term.

Closing a Business

Notify us in writing, online ( or via email to close out your business license account in order to avoid accumulation of fees.  Email us at