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Welcome to Business Tax

Friendly Reminder for all Business Owners:  Payment is now due for Business Tax Certificates Renewals for the period of July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.  If payment is received or postmarked after July 31, 2017, a 25% penalty fee will be assessed. 

Visalia Municipal Code states anyone conducting business within the City of Visalia must have a current Business Tax Certificate posted.  If you are a new business and need to apply for your Business Tax Certificate, please call us at 559-713-4326 or print & fill out the application at the bottom of the page.

Who needs a Business Tax Certificate?  Any person who conducts any business, trade, profession or occupation in the City of Visalia must first obtain a Business Tax Certificate as stated under Title 5 of the City of Visalia Municipal Code

What is a Business Tax Certificate?  (also known as a Business License)  It is the physical documentation issued by the City of Visalia, verifying payment of tax and the tax period covered.  It does not authorize any person to conduct any unlawful business or to conduct any lawful business in an illegal manner or to conduct the business without complying with all of the provisions of the ordinances of the City of Visalia, including but not limited to those requiring a permit from any board, commission, department, or office of the City.  This Business Tax Certificate does not constitute a permit to conduct the business.

If applying for a Business Tax Certificate for a new business, you may be subject to an annual inspection by the Fire Department.

For more information and how much a Business Tax Certificate cost please click on the following link:  Business Tax Brochure.


Lobby Counter Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00  pm
Payment Hours in Person:  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 
Drop Box 24 hours, 7 days a week   


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

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