Business Registration Certificate Requirement
Unless you have previously submitted this form, failure to complete the Declaration on the reverse and return this form to the Office
of Contract Administration (OCA) with your bid will be a basis for rejection of the bid, and OCA will assume that your company does
not intend to apply for a Business Registration Certificate.
To receive an award, a vendor must have a current Business
Registration Certificate or else not be required to register. The
registration fee is $25, $150, $250 or $500, depending on the type
and size of your business. The fee (except the $25 fee) is pro-rated
for new registrations, depending on when during the year you started
your business in San Francisco, and is based on estimated tax liability
for your payroll expense. To determine the registration fee due, you
can check the website at http://sfgov.org/tax/. In addition, every
business “conducting business in San Francisco” must file a
combined Payroll Expense Tax Statement and Business Registration
renewal on an annual basis. Businesses with a computed tax of
$2,500 or less are exempt from paying payroll expense tax if the
statement is filed on time.
Who must obtain a registration certificate?
Any business located, or conducting business, in San Francisco.
What is “conducting business in San Francisco”?
Briefly, it means engaging in business in San Francisco, having met
one or more of questions 1-7 on the reverse specifically relate to
Are there exceptions?
Yes. A person receiving rental income solely from a cooperative
housing corporation, or a residential structure of less than 4 units, or a
residential condominium, shall not be deemed to be engaging in
My business is not located in San Francisco. Is a registration
certificate still required?
Yes, if the business “conducts business in San Francisco”
All businesses, including those which do not “do business in San
Francisco” but excluding government agencies, must sign and return