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How to Start a Business - Taxi - 106523

Note: This guide was developed for any business located or conducting business in San Francisco. It should be a helpful tool to get you started in the right direction. It is recommended that you contact the respective agency directly for questions that are not answered by this document.

 

The steps listed under Section A, STEPS TO QUALIFY YOUR BUSINESS, must be followed prior to applying for any City and County of San Francisco permit and/or license referred to in Section B, STEPS TO IMPLEMENT YOUR BUSINESS.

 

We are providing resources to contact state and federal agencies so that you may learn their requirements for your business. This information is provided as a courtesy.

 

A. STEPS TO QUALIFY YOUR BUSINESS

Please determine the type of ownership for your business as listed below to establish which agencies to contact in the order indicated.

TYPES OF OWNERSHIPS:

  • Sole Proprietorship: Steps 1 - 4 only
  • Partnership: Steps 6 and 7, then Steps 1 - 4
  • Corp, LLC, LLP, and LP: Steps 5, 6, and 7, then Steps 1 - 4

 

Agency Information Permit Type or Action Required
1. Planning Department

1660 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 558-6378
pic@sfgov.org

Business Hours:
8am - 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Zoning and Planning: Your business location must be checked to determine if it is zoned for your type of business. This also applies to businesses operating from a residence.

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 558-6378

2. Treasurer & Tax Collector

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
City Hall, Room 140
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4400
treasurer.taxcollector@sfgov.org

Business Hours:
8am - 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Business Registration Certificate: All businesses located or conducting business in San Francisco are required to register for a Business Tax Registration Certificate.

Check with this office if your business also requires a Parking Tax Registration or a Hotel Tax Registration form.

These links can be used to verify the availability of your business name. You can check online at any time before you visit the Treasurer & Tax Collector's Office:

You will be required to do a final verification of the local SF Business Name Search in the office (using public accessible computers) prior to filing your business registration.

Process Time: Approximately 1 hour

3. Office of the County Clerk

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
City Hall, Room 168
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4950
county.clerk@sfgov.org

Business Hours:
8am - 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Fictitious Business Name: Not all businesses are required to file this statement. Please read the Business & Professions Code sections 17900 et al to get the information on this requirement. Businesses doing business outside of San Francisco must register at the Office of the County Clerk where the Principal Place of Business is located.

Process Time: Approximately 1 hour.

4. Office of the Assessor-Recorder

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
City Hall, Room 190
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-5531
assessor@sfgov.org

Business Hours:
8am - 4pm,
Mon thru Fri

Business Property Statement: Businesses may be required to report all equipment, fixtures, supplies, and leasehold improvements held for business use based on at cost and/or value.

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 554-5531

5. Secretary of State

1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 657-5448

Business Hours:
8am - 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Corporation, LLC, LLP, or LP Filings: If you are considering on becoming a Corporation (either stock or nonprofit), a Limited Liability Company, or a Partnership (Limited or Limited Liability), you must file with the Secretary of State's Office.

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 557-8000

6. US Department of Treasury

Internal Revenue Services
450 Golden Gate Ave., 1st Fl
San Francisco, CA 94102
(800) 829-1040

Business Hours:
8:30am - 4:30pm,
Mon thru Fri

Employer Identification Number (EIN or SSN): Employers with employees, business partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations, must obtain an EIN from the IRS. Businesses can obtain appropriate Federal income tax forms from this location.

Process Time: Varies. Please call (800) 829-1040

7. Franchise Tax Board

455 Golden Gate Ave., Ste. 7400
San Francisco, CA 94102
(800) 852-5711
Contact Us

Phone Hours:
7am - 6pm,
Mon thru Fri

State Income Tax Information: Businesses should obtain the appropriate State income tax forms from the Franchise Tax Board.

 

Process Time: Varies. Please call (800) 852-5711



B. STEPS TO IMPLEMENT YOUR BUSINESS

Steps in Section A must be completed before continuing on to Section B. Agencies must be called to determine requirements and sequence appropriate for your business.

Agency Information Permit Type or Action Required
Department of Building Inspection
1660 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 558-6088
dbicustomerservice@sfgov.org

Business Hours:
7:30am - 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Building Inspection and Alteration Permits: Inspections and/or Permits may be required for modifying the physical space of your business. Call the Department of Building Inspection at (415) 558-6088 for further information.

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 558-6088

Department of Public Health
Environmental Health (EHS)
1390 Market St., Ste. 210
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-3800

Business Hours:
8am - 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Permits Required by EHS: Please review list of permits below to determine if applicable for your business. Call the Department of Public Health at (415) 252-3800 to verify your permit requirements.

 

Process Time: Varies. Please call 252-3800

Fire Department
Bureau of Fire Prevention
698 Second St., Room 109
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 558-3300

Business Hours:
8am - 4:30pm,
Mon thru Fri

Fire Department Permits: Inspections and/or Permits may be required if your business location includes public assemblies, garages, storage, etc. Call the Fire Department at (415) 558-3300 for further information.

 

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 558-3300

Police Department
850 Bryant St., Room 458
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 553-1115

Business Hours:
9am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm,
Mon thru Fri

Police Regulations/Public Safety Permits: Please review list of permits below to determine if applicable for your business. Call the Police Department at (415) 553-1115 to verify your permit requirements.

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 553-1115

Taxi Commission
One South Van Ness Ave., 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 701-4400
Contact Us

Business Hours:
9am - 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Taxi-Cab Paratransit Permit: Permit to operate a limousine/taxicab in San Francisco.

 

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 701-4400

 

LOCAL RESOURCES

Agency Information Information/Services
Office of Economic Workforce Development
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
City Hall, Room 448
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-6969
Contact Us

Business Hours:
8am- 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Business Assistance with tax credits, financing, small business, job referral, training and placement, real estate and energy.

 

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 554-6969

Mayor's Office of Community Investment
1 South Van Ness Ave., 5th Fl
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 701-5500

Business Hours:
8am - 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Grants and loans for small businesses, including the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 701-5500

Office of Small Business
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
City Hall, Room 448
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-6134
Contact Us

Business Hours:
9am - 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Business Assistance with starting a business including Local, State, and Federal requirements and Market Research Data.

 

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 554-6134


LOCAL COMPLIANCE

Agency Information Permit Type or Action Required
Office of Labor Standards Enforcement
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
City Hall, Room 430
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-6235
Contact Information

Business Hours:
8am- 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Ensures that businesses comply with prevailing wage and other labor standards regulations.

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 554-6235

Human Rights Commission
25 Van Ness Ave., Ste. 800
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-2500
hrc.info@sfgov.org

Business Hours:
8am - 5pm,
Mon thru Fri

Works to provide leadership and advocacy to secure, protect and promote human rights for all people. It was established in 1964 by City Ordinance and became a Charter Commission in 1990.

Process Time: Varies. Please call (415) 252-2500



REGIONAL COMPLIANCE

Agency Information Permit Type or Action Required
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
(415) 749-4990
Authority to Construct/Permit to Operate

 

STATE COMPLIANCE

Agency Information Permit Type or Action Required
Dept of Motor Vehicles
(916) 657-6346
D.M.V. Pull Notice Program
State Board of Equalization
(415) 356-6600
Sales & Use Permit (Seller's Permit)
Employment Development Dept
(888) 745-3886
Registration for Employers
Dept of Industrial Relations
(510) 622-2891
Wage/Hour Lawas, Occupational Safety and Health Information
Dept of Fair Employment and Housing
(800) 884-1684
 Discrimination Laws

 

FEDERAL COMPLIANCE

Agency Information Permit Type or Action Required
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(800) 375-5283
Application for Employment Authorization
U.S. Dept of Labor
(415) 356-6600
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Unemployment Insurance (UI) Programs, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Small Business Administration
(888) 745-3886
 Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed
 
Last updated: 1/16/2014 1:29:34 PM