Register a Business in the City of Orinda
Beginning September 1, 2018, the City requires all businesses operating in the City to obtain a business registration certificate prior to commencing business operations. Additionally, an annual renewal is required for subsequent years of operations. All Registrations completed during the “Initial Registration Period” (Before December 31, 2018) will have an expiration date of December 31, 2019.
The easiest and fastest way to register your business or renew your current registration certificate is using the online filing method.
Alternatively, you may download a copy of the application directly from the “Download Forms” section below.
If you need further assistance registering your business, you are welcome to contact us at Orinda@hdlgov.com or by phone at (925) 374-5885. Phone support is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (PST).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Business Registration Certificate?
The City of Orinda Municipal Code Section 5.03.010 requires businesses operating in the City to register with the City and obtain a Business Registration Certificate (BRC). All Certificates expire on Dec 31st and must be renewed annually.
The purpose of the Business Registration Certificate is to maintain a record of businesses operating in the City in order to develop planning recommendations relating to the operation of businesses; better coordinate with businesses regarding a range of issues including parking, transportation, economic development, and event programming; assist in zoning compliance; establish and maintain contact information which can be used to notify businesses regarding public safety issues as they arise; and gather statistical information for other City purposes.
Do all businesses require a Certificate?
Certain businesses are exempt from the requirements as noted in Section 5.03.040 of the Orinda Municipal Code. This includes businesses with gross receipts of less than $10,000 per year from operations in the City.
When should an application be submitted?
New businesses must apply for a Certificate prior to their official start date of operation in the City. Thereafter, business registrations must be renewed every year by December 31st.
How long is the registration valid?
A business registration certificate is valid for the calendar year it was issued and must be renewed every year by January 1st. The City will send annual renewal notices; however, it is the business’ responsibility to renew on time. Penalties are assessed for delinquent accounts.
Where do I apply for a Business Registration Certificate?
The City of Orinda contracts with HdL Companies for the processing of Business Registration applications. If you need to apply, please visit HdL's online application process at http://orinda.hdlgov.com.
What are the fees for the Business Registration Certificate?The current City Fees are:
New Registration: $50
The State of California imposes a $4.00 surcharge per registration and/or renewal.