Pinole's Business Licenses

Business Licenses

The City of Pinole requires a Business License for all business operations whether in a home, a fixed place of business, or a contractor doing business in Pinole. The flat fees are for a calendar year and will be prorated quarterly based upon the starting date of the business, and will expire on December 31st.

Applications are available by clicking on the link below, or by visiting City offices.

Once the application is completed, return it to City Hall with payment at:

City of Pinole Finance Department
2131 Pear Street
Pinole, CA 94564


Business License Renewal Information

All Pinole Business Licenses issued are effective on a calendar year basis of January 1st through December 31st.  Business Licenses expire on December 31st of each year and renewals are due and payable on the first day of January of each year. Failure to pay the license tax within thirty (30) days from the date due will result in a penalty of 50% of the total license tax.

A renewal notice is sent out as a courtesy to all businesses with an active Business License at least 30 days before the expiration date. If you do not receive a renewal notice, it is the Business Owner's responsibility to pay the tax by January 31st. 

If paying by credit card, please also fill out the Credit Card Authorization form.

Call (510) 724-9008 or e-mail [email protected] for additional business license questions.

Building and Fire Inspection are typically required prior to issuance of a business license. Please schedule appointments by contacting (1) Building and (2) Fire:

To schedule an inspection through our new online scheduling process:  

1. Pay all applicable inspection fees

2. Book an appointment for an inspection online, through our self-service booking pageInspections are currently offered on Fridays from 8am-3pm.


First, to determine if a Fire Life/Safety inspection with the Contra Costa Fire Prevention District is required, complete the ConFire Business License Application form. Include the completed form in your application for a Business License to the Pinole Finance Department.

Next, if an inspection is required, the City’s Finance Department will provide you with an Inspection Application, which is to be completed and remitted directly to ConFire per instructions on the form.