Permits and Licenses for Business

Frequent Permits/Licenses

  • Business License: To operate a business in City of Morgan Hill you will need to file an annual license.
  • Occupancy Permit:  In order to legally occupy a building your need to have an occupancy permit.
  • ABC Permit(s):  If you will be serving/selling beer, wine or alcohol you will need a permit from Alcoholic Beverage Control with the State of California.  Before they can issue a permit, they will coordinate with the City of Morgan Hill.
  • Tobacco Permit:  If you are selling tobacco related products in Morgan Hill you need to a tobacco permits.  A tobacco permit can be processed concurrently with a Business License Application.
  • Annual Fire Inspection:  The City of Morgan Hill annually inspects all businesses
  • Sign Permit:  If you are installing a sign for your business you need to have a sign permits.

Unique Permits

  • Special Event Permit-If you are having an event on City streets or property (that can include alcohol, more than 50 people or amplified sound) you will need to get a Special Event Permit.
  • Conditional Use Permit- Some business uses require a conditional use permit (Check Zoning to determine if this applies)
  • Administrative Use Permit- Some business uses require an administrative use permit (Check Zoning to determine if this applies)
  • Encroachment Permit- Are you working in the City of Right of Way (roads, streets, sidewalks, light poles)
  • Massage Permit- The City has strict limitations on the location of Massage establishments (Check Zoning).  A massage permit can be processed concurrently with a Business License Application.  Please note as part of the permit process additional information will need to be submitted that will be retained with the Police Department.
  • Carnival Permit  Operating a Carnival within the City limits of Morgan Hill will  require a permit from the Police Department.
  • Animal Establishments/Kennels  Operating a kennel within the City limits of Morgan Hill will  require a permit from the Police Department.
  • Live Entertainment Permit  If you will be having live entertainment in your facility you will need to receive a permit from the Police Department.
  • Adult Business Permit The City has strict limitations on the location of Massage establishments (Check Zoning).  A  massage permit will be required from the Police Department.

Construction Related Permits