Business Licenses, Permits and Taxes

Thank you for your interest in conducting business with the City of Coalinga. Ordinance 546 of the City of Coalinga Code requires that any person who conducts, operates, or engages in any business activities within the city shall obtain a City of Coalinga business license. The term “business” shall include all activities engaged in or caused to be engaged in within this City with the object of gain, benefit or advantage, whether direct or indirect, to the taxpayer or to another or to others, but shall not include the services rendered by an employee to this employer or a casual or isolated transaction. “Engaging in Business” shall mean commencing, conducting or continuing in business and liquidating a business when the liquidators thereof hold themselves out to the public as conducting such business.


All annual business tax certificates issued under Ordinance 546, except the first certificate issued to newly established businesses, shall be considered to be issued on January 1st of each year and shall expire on December 31st of the same year. Unless exempted, the business license fee for any Business to be operated within the City of Coalinga shall be $25.00 unless modified by Resolution of the City Council.


  • The following documents (if applicable to your business) are needed when submitting an application for a City license:
  • Fictitious Name Statement- For information on how to file, call Fresno Co. Clerks Office at (559) 488-3003
  • Seller’s Permit – For information on how to obtain a permit, call State of CA Board of Equalization at (800) 400-7115
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance Certificate
  • Health Department Inspection Report/License


A minimum of one 2A10BC fire extinguisher needs to be provided for every 3,000 sq. ft. of floor area. It must be mounted on the wall no higher than 5’ above the floor. Additional fire extinguishers shall be provided as determined by the Fire Chief/Marshal. Extinguishers shall be serviced annually and shall have a current service tag attached. Extension cords shall not be used as a substitute for permanent wiring.

Additional fire protections may be required depending upon the type of business. If you have any other questions, please contact the Coalinga Fire Department.

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