Local Business Resources

As you start your small business in Solano County…

Licenses & Permits

Local Business License

In order to OPERATE A BUSINESS within any city located in Solano County, whether it is from a store, factory, office or your home, you must have a VALID BUSINESS LICENSE. The type of license depends on the NATURE OF YOUR BUSINESS and is renewed every six months or annually. Contact the City Clerk’s office if your business is located within city limits and the County Clerk for unincorporated areas.

City of Benicia
PHONE: (707) 746-4225 – https://benicia.hdlgov.com/

City of Dixon
PHONE: (707) 678-7000 – http://www.ci.dixon.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=158

City of Fairfield
PHONE: (707) 428-7509 – http://www.fairfield.ca.gov/gov/depts/cd/business_licenses.asp

City of Rio Vista
PHONE: (707) 374-6451 – http://riovistacity.com/new-business-information/
Note: Rio Vista residents must also visit the Solano County Administrative Offices, 675 Texas Street, Suite 6500, in Fairfield.

City of Suisun City
PHONE: (707) 421-7328 – https://www.suisun.com/departments/administrative-services/business-licenses/

City of Vacaville
PHONE: (707) 449-5129 – http://www.ci.vacaville.ca.us/business/business-licenses

City of Vallejo
PHONE: (707) 648-4310 – http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/cms/one.aspx?pageId=22460

For unincorporated areas:
Solano County Tax Collectors Office
PHONE: (707) 784-7485 – https://www.solanocounty.com/depts/rm/business_licenses.asp

State Business License

Some occupations such as ACCOUNTANTS, COSMETICIANS, CONSTRUCTION or SPECIALTY CONTRACTORS, ELDERLY CARE FACILITIES, OPTOMETRISTS, REAL ESTATE AGENTS, or PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION companies, etc. may require state licensing through a State of California governmental agency. Find out what licensing board governs your profession by calling the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 952-5210 or visiting dca.ca.gov.

Fictitious Business Name

File a FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME only if the business name you have chosen is different from your own LEGAL NAME. For example, if your legal name is John Jones and you have chosen a name that includes your last name (“John Jones House Repair” or “Jones House Repair”), then you do not need to file.

In general, if a business name does not have the LAST NAME of all OWNERS, differs from the incorporation documents, or implies greater ownership, a fictitious name is involved. Adding words such as “and company,” “son/daughter,” or “associates” implies IMPLIES MORE THAN ONE OWNER and is treated like an assumed name. (You should first look up your proposed business name — in as many places as possible — to be sure NO OTHER BUSINESS is using that name. Use of a business name legally owned by another company may be an infringement of the other business owner’s rights. Some examples of places to research would be your local phone directory, chamber of commerce, county clerk, the Internet, State of California Secretary of State Trademark Division, and/or the federal Patent and Trade Mark Office.)

Your fictitious business name statement must be PUBLISHED IN A NEWSPAPER of general circulation in the county where the principal place of business is located. The statement must be published once a week for four successive weeks and an affidavit of publication filed with the County Clerk within 30 days of publication. The forms are available from the COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE.

County Clerk – Solano County
675 Texas Street, Suite 1900, Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 784-7510

Solano County Chambers of Commerce

BENICIA Chamber of Commerce
601 1st Street, Suite 100, Benicia, CA 94510
PHONE: (707) 745-2120

BLACK Chamber of Commerce of Solano County
836B Southhampton Road, Suite 351, Benicia, CA 94510
PHONE: (707) 421-5721

DIXON Chamber of Commerce
220 N. Jefferson Street, Dixon, CA 95620
PHONE: (707) 678-2650

FAIRFIELD-SUISUN Chamber of Commerce
1111 Webster Street, Fairfield, CA 94533
PHONE: (707) 425-4625

FILIPINO-AMERICAN Chamber of Commerce of Solano County
PHONE: (707) 745-8473

RIO VISTA Chamber of Commerce
6 N. Front St., Rio Vista, CA 94571
PHONE: (707) 374-2700

SOLANO HISPANIC Chamber of Commerce
PHONE: (707) 643-5037

VACAVILLE Chamber of Commerce
300 Main Street, Vacaville, CA 95688
PHONE: (707) 448-6424

VALLEJO Chamber of Commerce
427 York Street, Vallejo, CA 94590
PHONE: (707) 644-5551

Other Helpful Documents

Checklist for Starting a Business in Solano County: Not sure where to start? Download and print this guide to starting a business in Solano County.

Solano Licensing and Regulatory Contacts: Contact information for agencies for your licensing and regulatory needs.

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