Visit us at the Permit Center (49 South Van Ness) for help with permits.
Register a new business
If you engage in business in San Francisco, you must register, renew your registration annually, and show your Registration Certificate in your place of business.
Starter guides for small businesses
Find resources and processes for the most common types of small businesses in San Francisco.
Get your small business permits with a 30-day review
Open a new business or change your business operations under Prop H.
Update business information
You must tell the City if you change your mailing address or begin operating at a new location.
Manage your business registration account
Update your account information, renew your business registration, or close your business.
Claim a refundable business tax credit from the IRS
If you own a business that had employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for up to $26,000 per qualified employee.
The Office of Small Business is the City's central point of information for small businesses located in the City and County of San Francisco.
Our mission is to equitably support, preserve and protect small businesses in San Francisco. We provide high quality direct services and programs, drive practical policy solutions, and serve as a champion for San Francisco’s diverse small business community.