San Francisco Business Portal is moving to SF.GOV

We’re excited to announce that the San Francisco Business Portal is moving to SF.GOV by August 31, 2022. This move is part of a citywide initiative that’s helping departments make their content more findable, accessible, and understandable.
August 11, 2022

Over the next several weeks the Business Portal will officially transition to SF.GOV, and you will be redirected to our new webpages. The Business Portal will be permanently shut down by the end of August, 2022. 

Improved “Step by step guide to starting a business in San Francisco” 

Most of the information about small business ownership is already on SF.GOV, ready for you to access and use.  For example, the Portal’s interactive guide to starting a business is now a “Step by step guide.” 

Browse the Step by step guide

Permit locator 

If you previously used the Business Portal’s “Permit Locator,” we now have small business permit specialists available to guide you through your specific permitting needs. They can also answer questions about permitting if you have an idea, and before you sign a lease. 

For permitting help, call 628-652-4949, email, or visit us at 49 South Van Ness Ave. 

Watch a video about the Office of Small Business at the San Francisco Permit Center Small Business

Starter guides 

The Business Portal had downloadable PDFs with “Starter Kits” for opening a business in a variety of sectors, from a food truck to a cleaning service. These PDFs were popular, but difficult to keep up-to-date, and not up to modern standards for online accessibility or translation.   

Find new, interactive “Starter guides” on SF.GOV. You can find guides for starting a restaurant, retail store, catering business, and food truck. More will be added over the next few weeks.