If you are planning to conduct business in the City of Gonzales, you must first obtain a local Business License.  Businesses that are not physically located within the City limits, but are conducting business within the City of Gonzales are also required to obtain a local Business License. This includes but is not limited to selling within the City limits, delivering to a Gonzales address, conducting repairs, operating a home-based business, or providing services and using a Gonzales address as part of a business.


  1. Complete a Business License Application here
  2. Submit the application along with other applicable forms via email, mail, or at city hall
  3. Pay fee in person, mail in a check, or pay over the phone by calling city hall (Please be advised there is a $2 Convenience Fee for Credit/Debit Card payments)
  4. Receive business license either email, mail, or pick it up.

Existing law requires the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) and the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Regional Water Boards) to prescribe waste discharge requirements for the discharge of storm water by municipalities and industries in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program established by the Federal Clean Water Act and the California Water Code. The existing law requires regulated municipalities and industries to obtain a storm water permit. Senate Bill 205 (2019) requires a person applying to a city or county for a new or renewed business license to demonstrate enrollment under the NPDES Industrial Storm Water General Permit for each business location conducting regulated industrial activities.

The purpose of Senate Bill 205 is to ensure industrial businesses subject to regulation under the Industrial General Permit obtain coverage. Numerous applicable industrial businesses have not acquired coverage to discharge storm water. This Bill aims to minimize unauthorized storm water discharges and requires applicable industrial businesses to manage their storm water prior to receiving or renewing their business license.

Senate Bill 205 was signed into law by Governor Newsom on October 2, 2019 and became effective on January 1, 2020.

Visit the California Legislative Information website and search for Bill Number “Senate Bill 205” in the 2019-2020 legislative session.


Special Notice

The California Disability Access and Education Fund Fee increases from $1 to $4 effective January 1, 2018 in accordance with California Assembly Bill 1379 (Amendment to California Senate Bill 1186)

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

The intent of the fee is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements. Additionally, the fee assists local jurisdictions in supporting the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Program and provides the Division of the State Architect (DSA) with funds to maintain oversight of the CASp program.

California Government Code: Disability Access and Education

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