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Business Tax Certificates and Renewals

Welcome and thank you for choosing Visalia as a home for your business. We believe your success leads to our community’s success. 

For new businesses, let us help you get started with some information on obtaining your business tax certificate.

A Business Tax Certificate from the City of Visalia is necessary before conducting any business, trade, profession or occupation within the City limits under Title 5 of the City of Visalia Municipal Code.  This enables Visalia to support local businesses with various City services that ensure a business-friendly atmosphere.  To apply for your Business Tax Certificate, please print & fill out the application at the bottom of the page.  Please note issuance of a business tax certificate should not be construed as authorization to conduct business unless your business has complied with all local, county, or state license regulations for your business.  For more information and how much a Business Tax Certificate costs, please click on the following:  Business Tax Brochure.

For renewing your business tax certificate.

Business Tax Certificates are issued semi-annually and require fees to be paid ahead of each renewal period.  Our renewal periods are January through June and July through December.  Fees are due upon receipt of renewal notices.  Payments received or postmarked after the delinquent date on the bill will be assessed a 25% penalty fee. 

Every March, businesses will receive a Declaration of Gross Receipts form to be filled out and returned by April 30th. The information is used to calculate the correct business tax fee amount as the tax varies by business type and gross receipts.  If not received by the deadline, your business will be charged a $50.00 fee and assessed the maximum fee amount based on your business type. 

If you should have to close your business.

It is important to have the City business staff close your account when you are no longer conducting business within the City.  Failure to notify the City, may result in additional taxes and penalties.  


Lobby Counter Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00  pm
Payment Hours:      Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Located at:  315 E Acequia Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291
Phone:  (559) 713-4326
E-Mail:  businesstax@visalia.city
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 4002, Visalia, CA  93278-4002

Drop Box 24 hours, 7 days a week   


Additional Applications & Policy:
·  Home Occupation Permit Application
·  Credit Card Acceptance Policy 

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