What is a Business License Tax Certificate?

A Business License Tax is an annual tax you pay each fiscal year for doing business within the incorporated area of the City of Cloverdale. The Business License Tax Certificate is evidence only that your tax has been paid, however, other permits may be required to open your business. A separate tax certificate is required for each type of business at the same location or for each branch location.

Cloverdale's municipal code requires that you obtain a license prior to conducting any business activity within the city. Even if your business is located outside the city limits or you have a business license from another city you are required to pay tax in Cloverdale.

Receipt of a Business License Certificate does not constitute an endorsement of the business nor does it grant permission to conduct business at any place prohibited by the city’s Zoning Ordinances or any other federal, state, or local regulation.

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1. What is a Business License Tax Certificate?
2. If the city's Business License Tax doesn't regulate professionals, trades people and business owners, what does the license do?
3. Who needs to pay the Business License Tax?
4. I receive a 1099 earnings certificate that I file with my tax return because my employer does not pay me like their other employees. Do I need to pay the Business License Tax?
5. Why do I need to pay this tax?
6. Do I need planning, zoning and/or building permits before I submit my business license tax application?
7. Do I need to have a fictitious business name or DBA?
8. Are there any restrictions on where I do business
9. I conduct business in several towns. Can I just get one license to do business in all of them?
10. My business is just starting and I haven't made any money. Do I still have to pay a tax?
11. I own more than one business. Do I need to pay a separate tax for each?
12. How much does a Business License cost?
13. How often do I pay this tax?
14. How do I obtain a license and how long does it take to apply?