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Business Tax Certificate FAQ's

Who needs a Business Tax Certificate?

City ordinance requires you to have a Business Tax Certificate if you are doing business within, or your business is located within the City.

What is required to obtain a Business Tax Certificate?

Requirements are different according to the classification and start date of business. Please complete a Business Tax Certificate application and contact the Treasury office at (661) 326-3762 for further information.

What does a Business Tax Certificate Cost?

Please complete a Business Tax Certificate application and call the Treasury office at (661) 326-3762 for a detailed quote.

What is the Business Tax Certificate licensing period?

?All Business Tax Certificates expire on June 30th of each year.

Business Tax Certificate Renewals?

?A Business Tax Certificate (commonly referred to as a Business License) is an annual tax that you pay each fiscal year for operating a business within the City of Bakersfield. All Business Tax Certificates expire on June 30th each year. Business Tax Certificates must be renewed by July 31st each year and become delinquent on August 1.

The City mails a Declaration of Gross Receipts form every year in April. This form must be received in our office by May 31st in order to receive a courtesy billing. You may also choose to renew online at that time, in which case the Declaration does not need to be submitted.

All renewal mailings and notifications are done as a courtesy. However, it is your responsibility, as the business owner, to renew by the last day of July each year.