Business License Updates as of December 2022
The Town of Los Gatos values its business community and appreciates the local services, products, and community vitality each business provides. We are informing all Town businesses of some recent changes to streamline and improve the business license application and renewal process and update the annual fee structure.
Business License Partnership
The Town is excited to announce that we are partnering with HdL Companies (HdL) to provide dedicated business license support to Los Gatos businesses. The Town’s business license application and renewal process is now streamlined by offering online business license applications and renewals. HdL will assist with a variety of business license related tasks including new applications, annual renewals, payments, compliance inquiries, and any other general support.
As of December 16, 2022, Town businesses will work directly with the HdL Business Support Center to address business license processing needs, including 2023 renewals. The renewal notices for the 2023 year were mailed out by HdL. The Business License Renewal Portal is now available at LosGatos.HdLGov.com.
Measure J and Business License Tax Program Modernization
In November, Los Gatos voters approved Measure J, which modernizes the Town’s business license tax program. This is the first update to the program since 1991, strengthening funding for core Town services that are enjoyed by Town businesses. Measure J included a 30% increase on flat rate fees, a 40% increase in retailing gross receipts, and a 120% increase in e-commerce, manufacturing, wholesaling, and jobbing gross receipts. Further details on Measure J are available on the Town of Los Gatos website at www.losgatosca.gov/MeasureJ.
Thank you for your continued investment in the Los Gatos business community. The Town team looks forward to working with your businesses through this transition. Questions can be directed to the Business License Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone at (408) 354-6835.
Who Needs a Town Business License?
A Town Business License is required if a business is located within the Town limits, or if an agent of the business comes into Town to conduct business.
Business License Application Information
Town of Los Gatos Business License
The license tax due can be determined based on the type of business activity. Those businesses which are based on retail sales, wholesale, manufacturing, and/or jobbing have taxes based on a sliding scale. All other businesses have taxes based on flat fees set forth in the Town Code Sec. 14.20.115. Flat-fee based businesses are pro-rated, by quarter, from the date of application to the end of the year.
Check CalGold to see if additional Federal, State, and County licenses or permits are required.
Other agency compliance that your business may require:
- California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) - For seller's permit
- IRS and Franchise Tax Board - Employer Tax ID
- Employment Development Department - If your business will be having employees
- California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control - If you intend to sell or serve alcoholic beverages
- County of Santa Clara Consumer Protection Division - For serving or preparing food
How to Apply for a Business License
The Town has partnered with HdL Companies to provide dedicated business license support to Los Gatos businesses. You may apply either online, by phone, or through the mail.
- Online: Applying online is quick, easy, and convenient! Visit LosGatos.HdLGov.com
- Phone: For immediate assistance, call the Town of Los Gatos Business Support Center Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (408) 502-5687.
- Mail: Request an application to be sent by mail by calling (408) 502-5687. Mail the completed form to: Town of Los Gatos Business Support Center, 8839 N. Cedar Avenue #212, Fresno, CA 93720 OR scan and email the completed form to LosGatos@HdLGov.com.
Please note after the business license fee is paid, a Business License will be issued to you by mail or email. Upon receipt of your Business License, the Town of Los Gatos Municipal Code requires it be posted in a conspicuous location at your place of business.
Emergency Information Contact Card
The Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department requires all businesses to update their emergency contact information annually using the Online Emergency Contact Information Form.
Annual business license renewals are due and payable in advance of January 2nd of each year, are valid for the year in which they are issued, and expire on December 31st of that year. New business licenses are valid from the date of payment of tax to the end of that year.
Business owners are responsible for renewing their business license whether or not a courtesy notice is received.