Starting a Business in Berkeley 

We prepared Starting a Business in Berkeley, A Resource Guide to help clarify the start-up process for businesses in Berkeley.  

The guide provides vital information for obtaining the proper authority to begin a business through the Permit and Licensing requirements.  It also provides resources for permit and licensing requirements at the State, County and Federal levels. In the Resource Guide you will find contact information for the Berkeley’s Chamber of Commerce and other Business Associations, which support growing businesses in our community. 

The information contained in the document is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Please check with the agencies or websites provided for most current information.

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