Business Licenses

NEW! Online Business License Process

Beginning March 13, 2023, Campbell has moved its business license application and renewal process online.  Businesses are also able to pay for any applicable business license fees online.

If you would like to apply for a business license, please visit the link below.

To renew your City of Campbell business license online, please visit the link below. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your renewal. You will need your Account and PIN number, found on your renewal notice, to access your renewal online. You can also request it by emailing us at

If you would like to pay for any outstanding business license balances or fees, please email Campbell's Business License division at for your Account and PIN number.  Once you have obtained your Account and PIN number, balances can be paid at the link below.

We are Available for You

The Finance Department also provides public service over the phone or via email Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM to answer any of your business license questions.  

While walk-ins are welcome, you may schedule a 20-minute In-Person or Virtual Business License appointment with a staff member from Finance by clicking the link below.  

Drop Box for Payments

A secure drop box is now set up outside the Finance Department entrance.  Payments for business licenses, rent payments and permit fees can be dropped off anytime in the drop box and will be processed by the next business day.   

Guidelines for Applications

License rates and permit requirements vary according to the type of business and number of employees. Licenses are issued for one year at a time, and are renewable in the same month each year which the license was originally obtained. Renewal notices are issued annually, and if payment is not received in a timely manner, a penalty is imposed. The Santa Clara Clara County Fire Department conducts annual inspections of each Campbell business, and the Public Works and Building Departments additionally require proof of business license prior to issuing permits.

To speak with someone about obtaining a business license or questions about an existing license, please call (408) 866-2174 or send an email to