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Everything You Need to Succeed

Welcome to The San Francisco Business Portal – our City’s primary online business resource. With comprehensive information and tailored tools, the Portal helps you easily navigate the steps to start, manage, and grow a business, quickly learn what it takes to be compliant, and obtain resources along the way. Ready to get started? Find the permits, licenses, requirements, and guidelines you need now.

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Start a Business

Starting a business can be challenging. Being prepared and well-informed will help. Learn what it takes to move your idea from dream to reality.

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Manage Your Business

Your doors are open, so what’s next? Educate yourself on important dates, laws, and local resources to help you succeed.

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Grow Your Business

Business is good and it’s time to expand. Discover the information and resources you need to grow your business and thrive.

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Get Started
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Open for Business

Congratulations, your doors are open. Now you can focus on managing and growing your business.

Dates & Announcements

You don’t have to miss a deadline. Keep informed of important announcements and regulatory changes.

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Renew Business Permits and Licenses By March 31, 2018


If you are a business that requires a license or permit to operate from one or more of the following local regulatory agencies: Health, Fire, Police, Entertainment Commission, and Animal Care & Control, it's time to renew. The due date is March 31, 2018. There is no penalty if payment is received or postmarked by April 30, 2018.

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Accessible Business Entrance Program

Is your business a place of public accommodation in San Francisco? If so, your landlord may need to comply with a new local accessibility ordinance.


The Accessible Business Entrance Program requires property owners of buildings with places of public accommodation to make primary entrances accessible to people with disabilities. This includes restaurants, bars, retail stores, dry cleaners, grocery stores, hotels, day care centers, nail salons, gas stations, hair salons, yoga studios, gyms, health spas, hardware stores, medical offices, message establishments and professional offices. The first deadline is May 23, 2018 for buildings that range from fully compliant to having minor barriers.

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Sugary Drink Tax


Proposition V passed in November of 2016, and imposes a one cent per fluid ounce tax on the initial distribution within San Francisco of sugar-sweetened beverages, syrups, and powders.

In general, beginning January 1, 2018, all businesses, other than common carriers, that (1) transfer sugar-sweetened beverages, syrups, or powders in the City for consideration or any commercial purpose; or (2) possess, store, own, or control sugar-sweetened beverages, syrups, or powders in the City for resale in the ordinary course of business that they obtained by taking possession of the product outside the City or from a common carrier inside the City, are responsible to file and pay the tax.

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I believe I am a born entrepreneur and always knew I would be my own boss one day.
Brenda Buenviaje
Brenda’s French Soul Food

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Starter Kits

Every great idea starts somewhere. Starter Kits explain how to turn an idea into a successful business with step-by-step guides, required permits, and helpful resources.

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Permits & Licenses

Find the permits and licenses you need and apply online. Compliance is only a click away.

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