Year three of the Palo Alto Business Registry is officially underway, and businesses currently registered for 2016 should visit the website and renew by March 31. New businesses are also required to register with the City through the online tool.
To make the process as simple as possible, the City developed an easy-to-use website for online registration at http://registermybusiness.cityofpaloalto.org. Businesses can register by filling out an online questionnaire and paying a flat fee of $51* via major credit card that is due by March 31.
The Business Registry requirement only applies to businesses physically located in a fixed place of business in the City of Palo Alto. Businesses located in other cities but operating here (such as contractors, consultants, real estate agents, etc.) do not need to register. In addition, home-based, very small businesses and nonprofits (with less than 1 full-time-equivalent employee inclusive of owner, principal, workers, and volunteers), as well as religious organizations with no ancillary business on site are exempt from the business registry. Businesses should visit the website to claim their exemption.
Thousands of businesses were notified this week of the requirement including information about how to register online.
The Business Registry flat fee covers only the administrative expenses of the program, and is not a revenue generating tool for the City. Most businesses will have the necessary data readily available and be able to fill out the questionnaire and pay the fee online in a few minutes.
To find out more about the City of Palo Alto's Business Registry, go to http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/business/business_registry/default.asp or call 650/329-2360.
*Note: This fee includes a $1 state mandated fee on any application for local business license or similar instrument or permit or renewal thereof. The purpose is to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements and to develop educational resources for businesses in order to facilitate compliance with federal and state disability laws, as specified