Business License

City of Riverbank Business License Information

Application Procedures

 1. Complete all pages of our 
Business License Application (all sections of the application must be completed).

 2. The following must be submitted along with your completed application 

 A. $25 One-Time, Non-refundable Application Process Fee
  • Contractors* & Massage Therapist*** please see note below
 B. Copies of Drivers' Licenses/ ID Cards for all Partners listed on the Application.
  • If your business is a corporation, please attach a listing of all the Corporate Officers to the application.
C. A copy of your Fictitious Business Name Statement
  •  This may be obtained from the Stanislaus county Clerk Recorders Office located at: 1021 I Street, Modesto, CA 95354 - 209-525-5250
 D. A copy of your Worker's Compensation Policy (if applicable).
 E. A copy of your Resale License (if applicable)

 3. Please submit your completed application, in person or by mail, to:

 City of Riverbank
 Attn: Business Licenses
 6617 Third Street
 Riverbank, CA 95367
 Phone: 209-863-7109

 4. Please allow 3-4 weeks for approval. Once your license has been approved, the Business License Department will contact you. 

Business License Fees

The following business license fees are not due until your application has been approved. Every person who engages in business within the City, or who has a fixed place of business within City limits, is required to pay a license fee as follows:

License Fees

Number of Employees Annual Fee
Sole Proprietor $75
1-25 Employees $75
26-50 Employees $125
51 or More Employees $200
Contractors/ Sub Contractors* $120 (or $30 per Quarter)
Farmers' Market Fee $15 (per season)
SB 1186 Compliance Fee** $4


On September 19, 2012 Governor Brown signed into law SB 1186 which adds a state fee of $1 on any applicant for a local business license or renewal. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified. This fee is a state-mandated fee and cannot be waived for any business. This fee applies to all businesses, including home occupations, any outside company doing business within the city limits, and delivery vehicles. Effective January 1, 2018, this fee will increase from $1 to $4, per application and renewal.

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

For specific information about the programs administered, how to register for permits and licenses, and how to file and report correctly, visit

The CalGold website,, is a comprehensive website that assists business owners in finding the appropriate permit information for their business. It also provides contact information for the various agencies that administer and issue permits, including those for cities, counties, and various other departments including the California department of tax and fee administration.


* Contractors/ Sub-Contractors
If you are a contractor or sub-contractor and will be performing only one job within the city limits, the application processing fee may be waived. Your license will be charged on a quarterly basis at $30 per quarter. Additionally, if you are pulling a permit through our Building Department, a Business License may be acquired through the permitting process instead.

*** Massage Therapy License
Please contact the Business License Department at 209-863-7109 for information regarding obtaining your license.