Office of Small Business - Change in Office Hours:
Beginning 12/8/21 and through 2/14/22, the Small Business Assistance Center at the Office of Small Business will be closed for in-person services. We will continue to provide services virtually by phone, email, and Zoom, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Businesses needing assistance may contact us at (415) 554-6134 or via email at



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Everything You Need to Succeed

Welcome to The San Francisco Business Portal – our City’s primary online business resource. With comprehensive information and tailored tools, the Portal helps you easily navigate the steps to start, manage, and grow a business, quickly learn what it takes to be compliant, and obtain resources along the way. Ready to get started? Find the permits, licenses, requirements, and guidelines you need now. Don't forget to sign up for the latest announcements from the Office of Small Business.

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Start a Business

Starting a business can be challenging. Being prepared and well-informed will help. Learn what it takes to move your idea from dream to reality.

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Manage Your Business

Your doors are open, so what’s next? Educate yourself on important dates, laws, and local resources to help you succeed.

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Grow Your Business

Business is good and it’s time to expand. Discover the information and resources you need to grow your business and thrive.

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Get Started
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Open for Business

Congratulations, your doors are open. Now you can focus on managing and growing your business.

Dates & Announcements

You don’t have to miss a deadline. Keep informed of important announcements and regulatory changes.

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Business Registration Renewal
Due November 1, 2021

The 2021-22 Business Registration Renewal deadline (previously May 31, 2021) has been deferred. Most businesses will receive a bill for the 2021-22 Business Registration Fee by September 30, 2021 and will not need to file a return. If you have not yet completed your 2020-21 Business Registration Renewal (Due April 30, 2021), please file your renewal as soon as possible.

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Commercial Eviction Moratorium
Expires September 30, 2021

The commercial eviction moratorium is currently still in effect through September 30, 2021. The moratorium on evictions applies to commercial tenants who are registered to do business in San Francisco; have gross receipts at or below $25 million; and have missed a rent payment from March 16, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

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COVID Resources for Businesses and Employees
Assistance Available

Get the latest news, updates and resources for businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19.

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I believe I am a born entrepreneur and always knew I would be my own boss one day.
Brenda Buenviaje
Brenda’s French Soul Food

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Starter Kits

Every great idea starts somewhere. Starter Kits explain how to turn an idea into a successful business with step-by-step guides, required permits, and helpful resources.

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Permits & Licenses

Find the permits and licenses you need and apply online. Compliance is only a click away.

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