Anyone who sells a product or service in the City of Madera needs a business license. If you do not receive a payroll check and a W-2 at the end of the year, and you sell a product or provide a service for a fee, you need a license. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee that is submitted with the application, along with a $4.00 state ADA fee. In addition. there is a business license tax fee, for most businesses it is based upon the monthly gross receipts reported by the business. The fee can be as low as the minimum charge of $40 per year, up to the maximum amount of $1,056 per year. Some businesses have a flat fee based upon the type of business it is. These rates are specified in the Madera Municipal Code Ordinance Title VI.

Licenses are renewed automatically at the commencement of our fiscal year in July and valid until the following June 30. If the license fee is not paid by the stipulated date on the invoice an additional 10% penalty is charged. In order to terminate a license we must receive written request from the business owner. If the license is not terminated by written notice, the business license fee continues to be assessed each year.

Please contact the Planning Department prior to submitting any local home-based/commercial business license applications to discuss zoning and signage requirements:

Brandi Garcia Planning Department
(559) 661-5432

Business license applications cannot be processed without authorization from the Planning Department. This does not apply to out of town contractors.  




Business License Regulations


A license is also required if you work from home. If you do not have a commercial location a home occupation permit is required through the Planning Department. This process is necessary to inform the surrounding neighbors of the type of business that is proposed to locate in the neighborhood. Once the home occupation permit is approved by the Planning Department a business license from the Finance Department  is required to operate.

 Special Regulations


The following types of businesses require a background check/fingerprinting to be completed at the City of Madera Police Department and may require the submission of additional information or documentation. These regulatory fees are due at time of application.

  • Massage/Physical Therapists
  • Security Guard
  • Itinerant Peddler/Mobile Vendor
  • Pawn/Second Hand Dealer Licenses
  • Taxi Cabs
  • Photographer


Business License Staff


Lisa Weber-Boyd      Accounting Technician III               (559) 661- 5408       vog.a1618440939redam1618440939@esne1618440939cilss1618440939enisu1618440939b1618440939


Finance Department                          205 W 4th St                                        Madera CA 93637    
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