The City of Morgan Hill welcomes you, and we recognize the value and importance of a strong and varied business community. Starting a business can be exciting and challenging. We wish you great success in your new venture!

There are many things to consider and various agencies to contact when starting or operating a business. While each endeavor may have its own unique situation or purpose, it is important for you to research prior to starting the application procedure.

The easiest and fastest way to apply for a new business license or renew your current license is using the online filing method. To begin, simply click on the “Start now” button located on the right of this page. From the main menu, please select the “apply” option to submit a new application for your business.

If you need further assistance applying for a business license, you are welcome to contact us at or by phone at (669) 454-3100. Phone support is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (PST).

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:

  • Retailers
  • Wholesalers
  • Manufacturers
  • Service Providers
  • Professionals
  • Contractors
  • 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 all fees must be paid prior to commencement of business operations.

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?

Yes, 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. Please refer to Municipal Code 8.44.

City of Morgan Hill
C/O HdL Support Center
8839 N. Cedar Ave. #212 • Fresno, CA 93720
(669) 454-3100