Starting, owning, and closing a business.


Close a business

If your business stops operating you must tell the City.

File a Fictitious Business Name (FBN)

If the operating name of your business is different from the legal name of your business, you must file an FBN with the City.

Get a dog walking permit

Required for an individual to walk 4 or more dogs (limited to 8 dogs total) at any one time, on public property.

Give up a Fictitious Business Name (FBN)

You must tell the City if you plan to abandon your business trade name or close your business.

Pay business tax

Businesses must file and pay taxes and fees on a regular basis.

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.

Renew, change, or refile a Fictitious Business Name (FBN)

Tell the City if you want to change your registered trade name, address, or ownership information.

Update business information

You must tell the City if you change your mailing address or begin operating at a new location.