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Current Business License Classifications & Tax Rates

This table provides current information on business classifications and their related Business License Tax (BLT) rates. A new Business License application must reflect an accurate classification of the business activity, and your annual BLT renewal payment is based on the corresponding rate (based on gross receipts, rents, or other business-specific income). Unless otherwise indicated, rates are for each $1,000 of income.

 

Business Classification

Code

 Basis

Rate/Flat

Minimum

BMC*

 Administrative Headquarters Q  Gross Payroll

$1.20

$51

9.04.190

 Auto/Vehicles for Hire 
 (*see note about other permits & fees)
A

 Per Vehicle

$215

 $215

9.04.215
9.52.020

 Business, Personal & Repair Services B  Gross Receipts

$1.80

 $51

9.04.160

 Construction  Contractor C  Gross Receipts

$1.80

 $51

9.04.180

 Entertainment/Recreation E  Gross Receipts

$4.50

 $51

9.04.170

 Grocer (retail or wholesale) G  Gross Receipts

$0.60

 $51

9.04.140

 Manufacturing M  Value Added

$1.20

 $51

9.04.185

 Miscellaneous D  Gross Receipts

$2.40

 $51

9.04.220

 Motor Vehicle Sales V  Gross Receipts

$1.20

 $51

9.04.145

 Nonprofit Organizations
 (**see note about other permits & fees)

N

Flat 

$26

$26

9.04.230
9.04.305

 Private Franchised Recycling / Rubbish Haulers

RC  Gross Receipts

$1.80

 $51

9.04.176(B)

 Private Rubbish Haulers (***see note)    Gross Receipts

$150.00

$51

9.04.176(C)

 Professional - Semiprofessional

P  Gross Receipts

$3.60

$51

9.04.165

 Rental of Real Property L  Gross Receipts

$10.81

$77

9.04.195

 Retail Trade R  Gross Receipts

$1.20

$51

9.04.135

 Solicitor/Peddler S  Flat

$258

$258

9.04.200

 Street Vendors &
 Sidewalk Food Vendors

n/a

 Flat

call for details

 

9.04.205
9.48/9.49

 Wholesale Trade W  Gross Receipts

$1.20

 $51

9.04.150

  • *Auto/Vehicles for Hire: Business License Tax = $215 per vehicle (see BMC 9.04.215/9.04.235)
    • In addition to BLT, for taxi companies & taxicab drivers, there are other fees charged (see BMC 9.52.020) and the current rates for these are set by Resolution 58,489: Owners Permit $350 + Per Vehicle Permit $75 + Driver Permit $25
  • Banks (BK) are exempt from business license taxes
  • Banks & Nonprofit Organizations have to pay any BID fees, if located within a designated district.
  • ** For Nonprofits occupying a combined building square footage in excess of 120,000 square feet, there is a fee of $0.5206 per building square foot in excess of 120,000 square feet (per Ordinance 7241-N.S.)
  • *** This rate applies only if section BMC section 9.60 is repealed or invalidated.
  • For these or other businesses not listed, please email Business License staff or call the Citywide Customer Service Call Center at (510) 981-7200.

*For Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC), go to the BMC site where you can browse the BMC in .pdf format or search the BMC using Records Online. Search tips are available from the BMC site.

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