Business Licenses

All businesses, whether located in or outside of the City, conducting business transactions or operations within the City are required to obtain a City business license. This page provides details regarding application, requirements and more.

If you are applying for a new business license or renewing an existing license, please email us your application or renewal form at

If you are applying for a new "In City" business license, departmental approvals may be delayed. We appreciate your patience and understanding.   

License Application Information

Commercial businesses located in Gilroy are required to complete a Business License Application Form, a Supplemental Business Information Form, and include applicable supporting documents as required by this check list.

Home-based businesses located within the city limits of Gilroy are required to complete a Business License Application Form, a Home Occupation Permit, and include applicable supporting documents as required by this check list.

Out-of-town businesses that are conducting business in Gilroy are required to complete 
Business License Application Form.

SB 205 Stormwater Discharge Compliance Form

SB 205 Stormwater Discharge Compliance Form must accompany all new business license applications and business license renewals.



All customers are encouraged to submit their complete application packet, including required supporting documentation, electronically via email at

Mail or In-Person:

Finance Department - Business Licenses
City of Gilroy
7351 Rosanna St
Gilroy, CA 95020

A member of the Finance department will contact you once the application review process is complete.

Search a Business License

Check out the City of Gilroy Business Licenses By Name (PDF) and City of Gilroy Business License List (Excel) for more information.

Food Based Businesses

All businesses that provide and/or prepare food shall also obtain a signature from a Health Inspector from the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health. Contact the DEH at 408-918-3400 for more information.

The following businesses are also required to obtain a signature from the Gilroy Police Department:
  • Card Rooms
  • Gambling Parlors
  • Dance Halls
  • Arcade Entertainment
  • Adult Books / Video
  • Gun / Ammunition Sales
  • Bars
  • Palm Reading / Psychic Counseling
  • Tattoo Parlors
  • Massage / Spa Services
  • Smoking Parlors
Contact the Police Administration at 408-846-0367.
BUSINESSES NOT LOCATED IN GILROY (such as contractors or other out of town services that come to the customer location in Gilroy).
Complete only the Application Form and email to or the application can also be sent in by mail. Please contact Licensing at 408-846-0420.

These require a Transient Business License and an Identity Permit. Please contact the business license office for more information at 408-846-0420. 

Other Business Licenses

  • Charitable organizations and financial institutions are not required to pay a license fee. However, these are required to complete the application form and obtain signatures in order to be certain that they are occupying a location that is zoned for the use, that their tenant space / building meets the Building and Fire Codes, and for other regulatory requirements that may apply to the organization.
  • Vending Machines and Delivery Vendors require a license, contact Licensing at 408-846-0420.
  • Garage Sales require a  permit, contact the Finance Dept. at 408-846-0420 for more information.
  • Home occupations are required to file a Home Occupation Permit Application form with the Gilroy Planning Division. The Home Occupation Permit is a 1-time filing. Please call Planning at 408-846-0440 for more information.
  • Any business location where alcoholic beverages are served at a bar requires a BAR permit.
  • Any business location where there is dancing to live music requires a DANCE HALL permit.
  • Apartments where there are 3 units or more to a property require a business license.
  • HOA's may be required to have a business license
  • No business or organization may conduct door-to-door solicitation or services without obtaining an identity permit and having one of the business licenses described above.