Business License Board Hearings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at:

201 Conference Room
455 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063

Business Licenses in Unincorporated San Mateo County

The San Mateo County Tax Collector's office issues business licenses for Unincorporated San Mateo County. The following is the list of businesses requiring a license:

  • Peddlers and Solicitors
  • Traveling shows, circuses, rodeos, and Exhibitions
  • Pawn brokers, Secondhand dealers, and junk dealers
  • Public dance
  • Massage Establishment and Technician
  • Bingo Games
  • Mobile Food Preparation Unit
  • Auction and closeout sales
  • Fortune telling

Processing fee includes:

  • Handling application upon receipt-directing application to board members for approval
  • Collecting appropriate documents, license fees, and issuing a whiz receipt
  • Issuance of license and badge when applicable
  • Filing appropriate paperwork
  • Tracking renewal dates and sending renewal notices
  • Issuance of renewal license
Use Permits for Unincorporated San Mateo County

Anyone looking to open a business in Unincorporated San Mateo County should visit the Planning and Building Department and find out if their proposed business will require a Use Permit. Some business uses are restricted by the Zoning designations for a particular land use or building site. Businesses can be cited for a Use Violation if the appropriate Use Permit has not been obtained.

Archive of Past Hearings

View past agendas, staff report packets, and minutes for hearings older than the current year and starting from 2013.