Applying for a Business License

To Apply for a New Business License or Renew a Current City of Clearlake Business License 


BUSINESS LICENSE ASSISTANCE: If you are experiencing technical difficulties applying for a Business License through the online portal, please email Assistant Planner Michael Taylor at  or Senior Planner Mark Roberts at You may also call us at (707) 994-8201, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or visit City Hall during counter hours, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Please Note: The City transitioned to the online business license portal in the Fall of 2022 and no longer processes paper applications. All Business License Applications must be completed through the City of Clearlake website business license portal.

Additional Information

The CA Department of Tax and Fee Administration's website,, has specific information about the programs they administer, how to register for permits and licenses, and how to file and report correctly.

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 departments, including theirs.

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