Ripon is a unique blend of a small-town quality lifestyle paired with
all the factors that contribute to
The City is committed to providing prospective businesses with the highest
level of development support. From the day you first contact the City
for information, to the day you have permitting or planning questions
(Contact Planning Department: 209 / 599-2108), Ripon offers access to
city staff who will assist new and existing businesses with any and all
aspects of development.
The City is also affiliated with the San Joaquin Partnership, a private-public
nonprofit economic development corporation designed to facilitate business
and industry development.
San Joaquin Partnership
- Comprehensive site & facility searches
- Site location and utility cost analysis
- Labor availability and wage information
- Supplier and vendor product surveys
- Project permit facilitation
- Community data and location tours
The Partnership provides confidential, comprehensive service and assistance
from initial project/site inquiries to project completion, without obligation.
San Joaquin Partnership
2800 West March Lane, Suite 470
Stockton, CA 95219
Web Site: www.sjpnet.org
Phone: (209) 956-3380
City of Ripon Requirements
Who must get a Business License?
Anyone wishing to carry on commerce within the corporate City limits
must first obtain a City Business License; the business doesn’t
have to be physically located in Ripon. (Ord. 477 § 2 (part),
Issuance of a business license evidences that the person(s), firm or
corporation has paid the applicable fee required by the City of Ripon
Code. Issuance of a business license does not relive the applicant of
the requirements to comply with other regulations of city, county, state
or federal government agencies, nor does it constitute endorsement of
the applicant, his employees or product by the City or its employees.
Where do I get a License?
Applications may be picked up at City Hall, 259 N. Wilma Avenue
Hours are 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
You can request an application by mail. Please address your request
City of Ripon
259 N. Wilma Avenue
Ripon, CA 95366
You can also phone Carla with your request at City Hall -- (209) 599-2108
Applications are also available to download.
What is the Cost?
The License Fee is based on business type such as retail, service,
professional, contractor, manufacturer, solicitor, etc.
In accordance with the Bay Area Consumer Price Index, license fees vary
from year to year. Please refer to the “Business License Fee Schedule.” for
One owner and spouse are included in the Base License Fee; Any other
owners, partners, etc. are considered employees. An annual fee is charged
per employee working in Ripon. Please refer to the "Business
License Fee Schedule" for the current rate.
How long is my Business License good for?
Business Licenses are issued in January of each year and expire on December
31st the same year. For new Business License Applicants, fees are not
prorated. The total annual fee is required regardless of the date applying;
however, any completed Applications received after November 30th of the
current year will be processed for the next year. Renewal notices are
mailed in December as a courtesy reminder. Payment is due on January
1st and considered delinquent if not received by January 31st. A late
charge will be assessed if not received by January 31st.
If you are no longer conducting business in Ripon, you must notify the
Business License Division in writing; otherwise, it will be assumed that
you are still conducting business in Ripon and you will continue to receive
notices requesting payment.
What if I have more than one Business?
Separate Business Licenses, including appropriate fees, are required
for each business carried on at the same location or elsewhere within
City limits. Proof, however, may be submitted to the City Clerk of the
City of Ripon that a particular business which is carried on at the same
location is not in fact a separate and distinct business operation, and
that the business activities of said business are connected with, a part
of, and necessary to the operation and performance of other licensed
business activity for which a business license is required which is also
carried on at the same business location. (Ord. 507 §2, 1992)
Can I operate from my home?
Certain types of businesses are allowed to operate from the home. They
are generally limited to those which use equipment normally found in
For home based businesses, a Home Occupation Permit is required in addition
to a Business License. This permit is good for two calendar years effective
January 1st. Fees are not prorated. Applications are available at City
Hall or can be mailed upon request. For more information on Home Occupation
Permits, contact City Hall.
How long does it take before I receive my License?
Please allow one to two weeks for processing and approval of your Business
License Application. When a Home Occupation Permit is required, please
allow an additional two weeks.
Fictitious Business Name
If you plan to use a fictitious name for your business, you must obtain
a Fictitious Business Permit from the San Joaquin County Recorder’s
Office. (209) 468-3939
Are there exemptions?
Exemptions from the business license requirements are granted to those
engaged in the following:
Banks and Financial Institutions
Churches, religious societies, fraternal societies, patriotic societies
or charitable societies located within the city; provided no other person,
firm, copartnership or corporation derives any profit, compensation or
direct benefit from any business enterprise by any of the foregoing undertaken
or joined in. Those churches, religious societies, fraternal societies,
patriotic societies or other charitable societies located outside the
city shall file a Non-Profit Business Permit Application with the city
for obtaining a free license for soliciting within the city limits.
Doctors, lawyers, architects, dentists and other similar professional
persons not having a fixed place of business within the city who are
called upon to come to the city to render occasional isolated services
unless on a regularly scheduled basis.
Farmers, Poultrymen or Horticulturists who may sell exclusively their
own produce grown by themselves, either at their homes or farms or by
Trucking, transport or hauling companies, or deliverymen, who are called
upon to come into the city to render occasional services for another
NOTE: Exemption from the business license requirements
does not exempt you from other permits/licenses that may pertain to your
Who can I contact for assistance?
Should you have any other questions regarding Business License Applications,
call Carla at City Hall: 209-599-2108.
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