ATTENTION: COVID-19 IMPACT
In response to the Santa Clara County’s Shelter in Place Order, the City of Morgan Hill has closed City Hall for walk-in services until further notice. If you are applying for a new "In City" business license, departmental approvals may be delayed. Please contact HdL for additional information.
HdL Companies now provides all business licensing needs for the business community in the City of Morgan Hill. HdL services are available through the phone, online, and by mail.
Online: HDLGov Website
Mail: City of Morgan Hill
C/O HdL Support Center
8839 N. Cedar Ave. #212
Fresno, CA 93720.
Lookup a Business License
Who Needs to Apply for a Business License?
All persons or companies conducting business within the city limits of Morgan Hill are required to obtain a City Business License. Business types include:
- service providers
- non-profit organizations
- self-employed or consultants (home businesses)
- residential landlords renting 3 or more units
When Should an Application Be Submitted?
An application must be submitted and fees must be paid prior to commencement of business operations.
How are Fees Calculated?
A variety of classifications and rates are set forth in the Business License Ordinance. A brief rate schedule (PDF) of the most common classifications is available from the Development Services Center. One-time fees charged for processing your business license application include an application review fee and a zoning permit fee.
What is SB1186?
On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186 (PDF), a new law which imposes a $4.00 State fee on every applicant for a local business license or renewal.
When Do I Renew My License?
Business Licenses are valid July through June, and therefore must be renewed annually. The city mails courtesy renewal notices, and Municipal Code 5.04 states that the city is not required to send notification to any person/business who is liable for the fee.
Is Non-Compliance Penalized?
Failure to comply with the ordinance is an infraction. Any person who fails to pay the fees prior to business commencement or 30 days after the renewal date is liable for penalties (10% after 30 days, an additional 15% after 60 days).
Where is My License Valid?
Your Business License is valid only within the city limits of Morgan Hill - while doing business from your commercial / professional location, your residence, or when you are providing services to a resident or business within the city limits.
Your business license is not a permit to operate and does not authorize you to operate a business that is otherwise prohibited by law or ordinance.
Secondhand Smoke Ordinance For Outdoor Areas
The City Council has adopted Ordinance 2024 regulating secondhand smoke in outdoor settings. See Municode for additional information.