Permits & Licenses

The City of Benicia is committed to making doing business in our community easy allowing you to do what you do best – grow your business. Below you will find direct links to those areas of the City and State to help facilitate the process necessary to move your business and/or your project forward. Please contact us if you need further assistance.


The City of Benicia is committed to make your development and permit process as easy as possible. 

For information about zoning or permits, please contact the Community Development Department (ask for the "planner on duty") at 707.746.4280 Monday - Friday between 8:30 am - noon and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. You can also visit the counter for permit and technical assistance from 8:30 am - 9:30 am, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm or by appointment.

For information related to city programs and/or business assistance please contact the Economic Development Manager at 707.746.4202 

Business Licenses

All businesses that operate within the City of Benicia are required to obtain a business license. We know you're busy so we offer online applications for both new and renewing licenses. To begin simply click on the "start now" button located on the application page. You'll find easy instructions to identify the fees required and to complete your application.

We welcome you to the Benicia business community and wish you success in your venture!

State Requirements

Information on permits and licenses required by the State of California are available through the California Business Portal. If you can't find what you're looking for, ask them. You'll receive a customized answer from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.