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City of Union City - New Business License Application

The City of Union City would like to welcome you to its business community.  
We know that starting a new business can be exciting and challenging.  

We wish you the greatest success in your new venture!

What You Need to Know to Get Started

1. Business licenses are renewed on an annual basis and expire on their corresponding anniversary date.

2. The business start date is the date your business started operating in the City of Union City. 

3. No payment will be required until your application has been reviewed and "accepted". You will receive an email verifying the receipt of application.
Then, in 1 - 2 business days, you will be notified of the amount due and instructions on how to pay online.


Depending on the Type of Business, Additional Documentation May Be Required

If applicable, you will complete and then upload at a later step of this process. Please see below:

• Commercial Leasing Supplemental Form - leasing commercial property to others in Union City

• Equipment Leasing Supplemental Form - leasing equipment or assets to others in Union City

• General/Sub-Contractor Supplemental Form - California state licensed contractors operating in Union City

• Professional Services Supplemental Form - conducting all other types of services in Union City (e.g. consultant, designer, broker, physician, esthetician, etc.)

• High-Piled Fire Permit Application & Regulated Activity Fire Permit Application - both are required for businesses using high-piled storage

***All Food type businesses are required to upload their food inspection permits (i.e. Alameda County Health, California Food & Drug Branch, USDA, etc.)

NOTE: All supplemental forms can be downloaded from the city's website at
Some businesses will complete and upload more than one supplemental form.

If you need any assistance with the application process, please email or call 510-675-5312.

Per AB 2184, you may protect your residential address by providing a different Service of Process address in accordance with Sections 16000.1(a)(2) and
16100.1(a)(2) of the Business and Professions Code. To do so, please Apply in person - you may not apply online.

Assembly Bill 3002 went into effect on January 1, 2019, which provides information regarding disability access requirements and resources to business owners.
To read the full notice in English, click HERE. To view in other languages click HERE.