Frequently Asked Questions

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Q: Do I need a business license?

  • Q: Do I need a State License?

  • Q: My business is operated from a property that is zoned residential within Walnut Creek, is there additional paperwork to file?

  • Q: Do I need a Sellers Permit?

  • Q: Do I need a Federal Tax Number (FEIN)?

  • Q: What is a DBA?

  • Q: Will my information be sold as a mailing list?

  • Q: How do I cancel my business license?

  • Q: How do I transfer my business license?

  • Q: Do I need additional approval for my business activity?

  • Q: What type of ownership do I have?

  • Q: How can I obtain a copy of my business license?

  • Q: How can I submit my renewal & what forms of payment are accepted?

  • Q: What are the penalties for failure to pay a renewal on time?

  • Q: When is my renewal payment due?

  • Q: Will I receive a renewal?

  • Q: Do I need to display my business license?

  • Q: I live in Walnut Creek, but my business is located outside the city limits. What are my liabilities for the City of Walnut Creek?

  • Q: My business entity (Corporation, LLC, Partnership, etc) is entirely passive and/or dormant and it is just paying a minimum tax to the Secretary of State. Is it required to get a business license?

  • Q: I receive a 1099 form instead of a W-2 from my work. Am I required to have a City of Walnut Creek Business License?

  • Q: I do some minor consulting on a part-time basis. Do I have to get a Business License?

  • Q: Q: I am not “doing business”. What does the City of Walnut Creek consider to be a business and why do they think I am operating one?