New Business Information
Welcome to the City of Rio Vista. Our staff is looking forward to helping you establish your business in Rio Vista and providing you with information on services and regulations.
All businesses that operate within the City of Rio Vista are required to obtain a business license. The classification of businesses and a schedule of business license fees are available below. If you have questions about business licenses, please contact us at: (707) 374-6447
The Application for a Business License below is for a New, Change or Renewal License.
If you operate a business from your home, you must comply with City Ordinances and standards. Home-based businesses must be clearly incidental and accessory to the use of the residence as a home. Operators of home-based businesses must fill out a Home Occupation Application along with their business license form. The City charges a Home Occupation permit fee of $135 in addition to the business license fees.
Before you sign a lease, purchase a commercial building, or begin operating a business from your home, check in with Rio Vista’s Planning Division to make sure that your business is an acceptable use for that property. To talk to a planner about the zoning regulations of your planned business site, call (707) 374-6448. They will explain where you can locate your type of business and what special requirements, if any, might apply.
You must obtain a seller's permit if you:
- Are engaged in business in California
- Intend to sell or lease tangible personal property that would ordinarily be subject to sales tax if sold at retail
- Will make sales for a temporary period, normally lasting no longer than 30 days at one or more locations (e.g. fireworks booth, Christmas tree lots, garage sale).
- Both wholesalers and retailers must apply for a seller's permit. For more information, please call the State Board of Equalization Suisun City Field Office at (707) 428-2041. This office is located at 333 Sunset Avenue, Suite 330 Suisun City, CA 94585.
If you employ workers in your business, you must have a State Identification Number and a Federal Employer Identification Number to report employee taxes. For more information, contact the State Board of Equalization at (800) 338-0505 and the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-3676.