Business Licensing

List of Licensed Businesses

Residents who wish to verify if someone they hire to perform services for them has obtained the required Town of Hillsborough Business License can check our List of Licensed Businesses (PDF).

Ordinances & Fees

The purpose of this article is to provide for the establishment and levying of license taxes for the carrying on of certain businesses, trades, professions, callings and occupations in the city. This article is enacted solely to raise revenues for municipal purposes and is not intended for regulation. (Ord. No. 411, 1985)

Business Applications

Effective January 1, 2018, the $1.00 SB1186 DISABILITY ACCESS FEE will increase to $4.00

Effective January 1, 2020, SB205 requires an SIC code be provided, and proof on enrollment in an NPDES permit if such a permit is required.

The Town’s business license year begins June 1st and ends July 31st of the following year. Renewal notices are mailed at the end of the fiscal year, to businesses who hold a current Town of Hillsborough business license. Renewal is not required if no business will be conducted with the Town.

As of November 1, 2014, the San Mateo County Tax Collector’s office will be taking over business licensing of unincorporated areas. For more information, please contact their office at (650) 599-5989.