The County of Madera maintains a business license ordinance to insure the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Madera County in their transactions with entrepreneurs, and to preserve and enhance the reputation and viability of businesses operating within Madera County. The purchase of a license is required to conduct business within the County. Application documents may be downloaded and must be submitted to and approved by the Community and Economic Development located at 200 W. 4th Street, Madera. Faxes will not be accepted.
To complete an application online and print, follow the link below and instructions:
To download an application packet, click below:
A “business” means any activity, trade, calling, profession or occupation engaged in by any person with the object of gaining benefit, profit, or advantage of anyone and generally applies to a fixed place of business. A business license must be displayed in a conspicuous place at all times. Exemptions apply to veterans and entrepreneurs operating within a city limit and who possess a current city license. Please call the Treasurer/Tax Collector’s office for more information at (559) 675-7713.
For licenses issued prior to January 1, 2014, licenses must be renewed prior to or on January 31st of the year following license expiration. For licenses issued after January 1, 2014, licenses must be renewed prior to or on the last day of the month following the month of license expiration.
After the last day of the month following the month of license expiration, license renewals shall be delinquent. The license collector shall send a delinquent notice to each delinquent business license holder and shall add a charge of forty dollars per license to the license renewal fee. The forty dollar delinquent fee shall be due and payable along with the annual renewal fee and shall be immediately due upon mailing of the delinquent notice.
If a license is not renewed within 60 days of the due date, the license will expire and a new application will have to be processed through the Madera County Community and Economic Development, Planning Division.