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Manage Your Business

Avoid bumps in the road. Make note of important deadlines like renewing your business license, paying taxes, and submitting mandatory forms. Be mindful that the San Francisco city government operates on a July 1 – June 30 fiscal year.
Please note that the Business Portal will be shut down permanently at the end of August 2022. Content from the Business Portal is available at If you need further assistance, contact the Office of Small Business at or (415) 554-6134.

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Key Dates

The calendar tax year is 12 consecutive months beginning January 1 and ending December 31. A fiscal tax year is 12 consecutive months ending on the last day of any month except December. The fiscal year for the City and County of San Francisco starts on July 1 and ends on June 30.

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Find a Location

Where should you set up shop? That all depends on your business type and needs. Choose between a home-based business (also called home-occupancy business) and a commercial location and assess other important factors like demographics, safety, traffic, and zoning and building requirements.

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Building & Inspections

Planning to expand or build something new? You've found a space zoned for your business, but before you break ground, you'll need a building permit. During your project, prepare for inspections that verify you meet the building code, fire code, and other requirements, like ADA access.

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Green Your Business

Greening your business means adopting environmentally friendly practices. While recycling and composting is the law in San Francisco, additional efforts – like becoming Green Certified – are not required but can save your business money, improve employee health, and possibly attract more customers.

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Close Your Business

Ready for a change? If you sell, close, or move your business out of San Francisco, you must unregister it with the City. Based on your business type or employee status, you may also need to unregister and pay payroll taxes to certain city, state, and federal agencies.

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Professional Assistance

In running your business, there are times when you might need a specialist in law, accounting, taxes, insurance or marketing. Check out this list for why, when, and where to search.

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Local Resources

Running a business can be challenging. Thankfully, there are local resources to help. For small businesses, economic development organizations can offer technical assistance, training, and loan packaging services. Our City also boasts a vast network of business support organizations that provide classes and one-on-one assistance.

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Disaster Preparedness

Are you prepared for a business interruption if a disaster strikes? Disasters come in many shapes and sizes – from power outage to hacker disruption, fire, or earthquake. If you’re not prepared, a disaster could put you and your employees at risk, possibly shutting down your business for good.

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Finance Your Business

Once you’ve developed your business plan, you should have a clear understanding of the amount of money (or capital) you need to start and run your business. If you need to raise or borrow money there are several options.

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