Come and open a business in Pacifica! 


City staff are looking forward to helping you establish your business in Pacifica and providing you with information about licensing, permit requirements, City services and regulations. 
This information is intended to help you get started. For additional information please visit www.cityofpacifica.org 

Planning and Research 
Starting a new business, trade or occupation in the City of Pacifica requires 
issuance of a business license and, depending on the location and type of business, may require issuance of one or more City of Pacifica permits. Although most types of licenses and permits will take no more than a few weeks to process, please begin your research early as some types of permits may take several months to obtain. A list of the types of businesses that may require additional permits is provided further down on this page. For further assistance, please contact the Planning Department: 

PLANNING DEPARTMENT
1800 Francisco Blvd
Pacifica .............. (650) 738-7341
Fax .................. (650) 359-5807
www.cityofpacifica.org/planning

The North County Fire Authority(Pacifica's fire department) may have license and/or permit requirements that must be met prior to opening your business. Associated fees may apply. You may contact them at:

NORTH COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY
10 Wembley Dr
Daly City ............. (650) 991-8138
www.northcountyfire.org

Choosing a Location 
Before you relocate your business, sign a lease, purchase a commercial building or begin operating a business from your home, please check with the City of Pacifica's Planning Department to deter-mine if the location you are considering meets the City's land use regulations and to assess potential Planning Department permit needs. If the Planning Department determines that one or more planning permit is needed, you will be provided with additional information about permit needs and procedures. In the case of businesses with multiple locations, each location shall be considered separately. If you plan to engage in commerce in the public right-of-way, such as a public street or sidewalk, you should contact the City's Engineering Division for assistance: 

ENGINEERING DIVISION
151 Milagra Dr.
Pacifica .............. (650) 738-3767
Fax .................. (650) 738-3003
www.cityofpacifica.org/engineering

Obtaining a Business License
If no other City permits are needed, (or once any necessary permits have been issued), you may apply for a business license. Business licenses are issued through the City's Finance Department.

FINANCE DEPARTMENT
170 Santa Maria Ave
Pacifica .............. (650) 738-7392
Fax .................. (650) 738-7411
www.cityofpacifica.org/finance

EACH BUSINESS LICENSE APPLICANT MUST:
+ Complete the business license application form
• Pay the requisite license fee
+ Pass mandatory inspections

If there is more than one business location, separate applications must be filed for each location. Similarly, if more than one business operates at one location, each business must have a separate business license. A new license is needed for changes in location and all businesses licenses must be renewed annually. Receipt for payment is not a business license-the license will only be issued once all necessary inspections are conducted and passed, and all relevant City departments or outside agencies have approved the business license request.

Inspections (fees may apply) If there is more than one business location,separate applications must be filed for each location. Similarly, if more than one business operates at one location,each business must have a separate business license. A new license is needed for changes in location and all businesses licenses must be renewed annually.Receipt for payment is not a business license-the license will only be issued once all necessary inspections are conducted and passed, and all relevant City departments or outside agencies have approved the business license request.Inspections by one or more City department or outside agency may be necessary prior to issuance of a business license. The types of inspections needed depend on various factors such as the type of business and degree of building construction or modification to be conducted.

FOLLOWING ARE EXAMPLES OF INSPECTIONS THAT MAY BE NECESSARY:

Police inspects businesses such as massage establishments, taxi companies and amusement arcades.

Fire conducts inspections for all businesses other than home offices. 

Planning and Building may conduct inspections related to locations of uses on private property and whenever a building permit is required.

Engineering inspects activities associated with use of the public right-of-way, such as public streets or sidewalks.

Wastewater may conduct inspections for certain types of businesses requiring sewer connections such as restaurants and vehicle services.

San Mateo County Environmental Health inspects businesses that engage in handling sensitive materials such as food and hazardous substances.